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Turkey Wraps up ‘Security Op’ With More Kurds Being Killed Every Day

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Human rights activists are concerned about the grave humanitarian situation in besieged Kurdish towns of southeastern Turkey. Ankara is to face a trial in Strasbourg over its security forces’ operation which is due to be over by the end of January.

Schools remain closed in areas under curfews, civilian death toll along with the number of displaced people rises as bloody clashes between government forces and local youth resistance continue across major Kurdish towns in Turkey’s southeast, according to multiple reports.

Ozturk Turkdogan, a prominent Turkish human rights activist expressed grave concern about the current situation, in which civilians, including women and children, are being killed every day, he claimed, while the government is preventing human rights activists from visiting the areas under blockade.

“Several times we formed committees to go to Silopi and Cizre to see the situation at close range, but the government deterred us from attempting to visit there,” Turkdogan told Rudaw news outlet.

Relatives of Siyar Salman mourn over his grave during a funeral ceremony in the Kurdish dominated southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey, December 15, 2015. According to local media, Salman, a 19-year old man, was killed on Monday in Diyarbakir during a protest against the curfew in Sur district.
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Relatives of Siyar Salman mourn over his grave during a funeral ceremony in the Kurdish dominated southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey, December 15, 2015. According to local media, Salman, a 19-year old man, was killed on Monday in Diyarbakir during a protest against the curfew in Sur district.

Meanwhile, Turkey has been reportedly called to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg to provide defense for allegedly provoking a humanitarian crisis.

“Like all countries, Turkey has the obligation, responsibility and right to provide security and comfort to its citizens … In such a situation, the EU has no word to say. And until now, there were no serious criticism … directed at us by the EU,” Volkan Bozkir, Turkey’s minister for relations with the EU, told journalists.

​According to reports, government forces have deployed tanks and begun demolishing houses in the Sur city district in the town of Diyarbakir to make advance in rebel-held area that has been under curfew for 40 days, ANF News wrote on Saturday.

People look out from a building which was damaged during the security operations and clashes between Turkish security forces and Kurdish militants, in Sur district of Diyarbakir, Turkey, December 11, 2015.
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People look out from a building which was damaged during the security operations and clashes between Turkish security forces and Kurdish militants, in Sur district of Diyarbakir, Turkey, December 11, 2015.

Approximately 60 bodies of Kurdish residents and fighters remain unburied in areas where curfews are imposed, a number of families have launched hunger strikes to get the bodies, Al-Monitor reported.

​Mayor of Adana, a large city in southern Turkey, Huseyin Sozlu, who belongs to the ruling AK party, made a comparison of the fate of modern Kurds with the Armenian genocide of 1915.

“What happened to the Armenians can happen to our Kurdish brothers,” Sozlu said, according to Adana paper Ekspres.

​Armenians alongside Assyrians were massacred in Adana in 1909, the rest deported to Syria later. During WWI, 1.5 million Armenians were killed across the Ottoman Empire.

Ankara’s current operation against the Kurdish resistance is due to be finished by the end of January, Prime-Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced, according to Hurriyet daily.

Some 200 people have been killed during the blockade and skirmishes between Turkish government forces and local youth resistance YDG-H. Over 100,000 people have reportedly been displaced in ongoing military actions in Turkey’s majority-Kurdish southeast.

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  • qvasko 15
    Erdogan just made another syria of turkey....that man is crazy.....
  • FlorianGeyer
    qvasko 15,

    Greedy , cruel and crazy. Barking mad really.
  • “What happened to the Armenians can happen to our Kurdish brothers,” Sozlu said, according to Adana paper Ekspres.

    It is in fact happening!
    I am not sure why Turkish international opposition is keeping quiet.
  • qvasko 2015
    Gunny HiWay, its not rational....it would create more mess
  • Gunny HiWayin reply toqvasko 2015(Show commentHide comment)
    qvasko 2015, - No, it would SANITIZE the SCUM that IS "Turkey" and wipe out a bunch of MUZZRATS that will eventually terrorize Russians.
    Carry On.
    Gunny
  • in reply toqvasko 2015(Show commentHide comment)
    qvasko 2015, it could but it could also shut them up forever just like Americans did it to Japan.
  • Gunny HiWay, turn it one notch down, please :)
  • Gunny HiWayin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    vendor, - No. And don't tell people what to do, say or think.
  • in reply toGunny HiWay(Show commentHide comment)
    Gunny HiWay, oh OK. :)
  • Human rights activists are concerned about the grave humanitarian situation in besieged Kurdish towns of southeastern Turkey.

    As we are deeply concerned about the Kurdish... Should the HRW forgetting about Yemen @ Syria @ Gautanamo @...you know..! This UN Sponsored HRW always do their job halfway.. Oh God.. don't tell me the US use their VETO as usual..! just. plain incompetent and useless..!
  • Eva Brown
    Ottomans are doing a genocide NATO and Obama aplaude... Israel most help the Kurds and all other minorities. Is the only country that can do it and do have the moral duty and power to do it before is too late. I have kurdish friends living out there and as far as 3 weeks that i can t get in contact with them because Ottomans shoot down telecomunications. Why Russia don t put a satelitte monitoring the situation once Obama is an ISIS agent and belong to the Moslim Brotherhood. At present i don t know if my friends are alive ir not but last reports i receive they told me that they couldn't go out because ottomans shoot first ask after they don 't care.
  • in reply toEva Brown(Show commentHide comment)
    Eva Brown, Israel? You are kidding aren't you? Leave them where they are. Please. If they get involved overtly you can pack your stuff and go permanently visit Polar bears and tell them you are not a refugee but a permanent resident.
  • qvasko 15in reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    vendor, And there will necessarily be ww3...where no one knows who ll win!
  • qvasko 15in reply toGunny HiWay(Show commentHide comment)
    Gunny HiWay, I can't comprehend such mindset like ur
  • in reply toqvasko 15(Show commentHide comment)
    qvasko 15, no WW3 will come our way.
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