|According to Firat News Agency (ANF), the siege of nine villages in Kurdish-majority southeastern Mardin’s Omerli, Nusaybin and Artuklu districts is still effective although the curfew declared on February 11th was in place only 24 hours. Yesterday, it was reported that three people have been executed in the village where army members have reportedly set several houses on fire.
Speaking to ANF, HDP Mardin Provincial Co-Chair Ali Aslan stated that an official curfew has been declared in nine villages but many villages in Savur district as well are also under de-facto curfew. “Many people have been detained and they are being tortured. We have’nt received any news from this village since yesterday evening. Our contact with the villagers is lost and we are seriously concerned over their lives. Even a massacre might have been perpetrated.”
According to the reporters, 30 villagers were tortured in the village square before they were arrested. Furthermore, the whereabouts of the two residents, Suleyman Yakut and Mehmet Bal, are unknown after they were tortured and taken into custody. After the reports of execution, torture and mass detention amid the ongoing siege of state forces, a delegation of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Democratic Regions’ Party (DBP) and Democratic Society Congress (DTK) are going to Xerabê Bava (Koruköy).
A related statement by the HDP said that “HDP Batman MP Mehmet Ali Aslan, Diyarbakır MP Feleknas Uca, Şırnak MP Leyla Birlik, DTK Co-chair Leyla Güven, HDP/DBP provincial and district administrators have left for the village of Xerabê Bava (Koruköy) where a siege continues for 8 days now. The delegation will make on-site examinations throughout the day regarding the claims of state forces burning houses, detaining and torturing the villagers.”
The other hand, Turkey’s state agency (AA) has reported the death of two PKK militants in Nusaybin.