Turkey: Reports of vicious attacks by Erdogan government forces on Kurdish towns

Turkey: Reports of vicious attacks by Erdogan government forces on Kurdish towns
Destruction of Kurdish neighborhoods in Silvan, Turkey, Nov 2015. (Image: Bozo B. Acar via Mutlu Civiroglu, Twitter)

[Ed. – Pull quote: “If Kurds left their homes, they would be shot. If they stayed in their homes, they would be bombed.”  Once again: this is your world without American power.]

This month, three neighborhoods in the Kurdish city of Silvan in Diyarbakir Province — Tekel, Konak and Mescit — were put under military curfew and then attacked from November 3 to November 14. Telephone lines, water, and electricity were cut.

The neighborhoods, besieged by armored police vehicles, were then bombarded by tanks and artillery shooting from the hills. Many houses were hit by bullets and bombs; some houses were burned.

Representatives of the governor’s office in Diyarbakir claimed that the military operations aimed to “remove the ditches and barricades” set up by some Kurdish youths, but reports coming from the town showed that the operation actually seemed to aim at ethnically cleansing the town from its indigenous population of more than two thousand years, the Kurds.

“We cannot get information from those neighborhoods in any way.” Firat Anli, the co-mayor of Diyarbakir, told Firat News Agency (ANF). “We cannot send in any food or humanitarian aid. Dialysis patients, children, the elderly… We have no information about their situation. They have been disconnected from the rest of the world.” …

And after Silvan, the new target of the government is the Kurdish town of Nusaybin, which voted 89.4% for the pro-Kurdish HDP party in 1 November elections.

A military curfew was declared in the town on November 13 and is still going on. People are stuck in their homes.

Ramazan Kaya, a doctor working at Nusaybin State Hospital, told BBC that one of his relatives had to put his child in the refrigerator to reduce his fever.

Those who go outside are shot by police. Selamet Yesilmen (44), a mother of five and pregnant, was one of them. She was shot dead in front of her house by a sniper on November 15. Her two children were badly wounded and hospitalized. Yilmaz Tutak, who tried to run to her help, was also shot and wounded by police.

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