MADRID, 14 (EUROPA PRESS)
The Turkish Army denounced this Sunday that the armed group of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which it considers a terrorist organization and against which it is waging an armed conflict, has executed thirteen Turkish citizens in a camp in the north from Iraq. The PKK, for its part, assures that they were soldiers and police prisoners and denounces three days of bombing before the assault.
Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said in a statement that the 13 Turks, whose bodies were discovered in a cave in the mountains overlooking the region, had been abducted in an incident that was not made public due to their nature. sensitive.
“I wish we had been able to get our citizens out of there safely,” Hakar lamented in statements collected by the newspaper ‘Daily Sabah’. Twelve of the thirteen deceased had been shot in the head, while the last had a bullet in the shoulder “and was later made a martyr,” he added, without giving further details.
However, it did report that two PKK members detained by Turkish forces explained that the thirteen had been executed shortly before the start of a Turkish military operation in the region.
This operation, according to the Turkish Army, has resulted in the death of 48 members of this group, three of them senior members of the organization. “During the operation ammunition depots were destroyed and the presence of the terrorist organization in the region was dealt a severe blow,” Akar said.
The PKK has reacted to this information and has clarified that the thirteen deaths were Turkish soldiers and policemen held by the guerrillas and has denounced that the operation was not intended to free the uniformed men.
“Anyone with minimal military knowledge knows that no one can survive this savage attack. The attack did not seek to free the prisoners of war, but to destroy them. The only person responsible for the death of these people is (Turkish Defense Minister) Hulusi Akar “, has indicated the armed wing of the party in a statement.
“They knew there were prisoners there, but the camp was heavily bombarded by fighter jets. The bombardment lasted three days. Heavy fighting inside and outside the camp resulted in the death of some of the Turkish forces, soldiers and police. that we had captured, “he added.
Tens of thousands of people have died in the decades-long conflict between the PKK and Turkey. After the collapse of a peace process in 2015, which ended a two-year ceasefire, the government assured that it would not dialogue with the group again.
Since then, Turkey has regularly targeted the PKK in the predominantly Kurdish southeast of the country and attacked the group’s positions in northern Iraq.