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33 Buried in Turkey’s Southeast City Cizre Still Waiting to be Diagnosed

In 2016, 33 YPS (Civil Protection Units which are believed to be tied to PKK) and YPS-JIN (Women Civil Protection Units which are believed to be tied to PKK) militants, who lost their lives during clashes in centre of the mainly-Kurdish city of Cizre, district of southeastern Turkey, who were buried in various cemeteries, still haven’t been diagnoised, Ozgurlukcu Demokrasi reported.

Local people claim Turkish security forces killed up to 160 civilians in the town, according to reports & reports by the human rights groups and local media. BBC Turkish also did a documentary on Cizre events by interviewing locals and as well as some Turkish officials. Some Turkish news portals also reported also pointed that the Turkish government blocking any investigations into the killings.

One of the worst incidents happened that was ended with the deaths of over 100 people who had been sheltering in three cellars.

In Cizre, Turkish security forces are accused of killing over 100 civilians who were sheltering in three basements, it is some of the most serious allegations. Turkish security authorities claimed that those were terrorists. During the Turkish security forces attack on basement cellars, one of trapped individuals was on the phone speaking with pro-Kurdish HDP MPs.

The buildings were shattered by artillery, tank fire and street fighting, according to local people and local media.

Begining of 2014, a Kurdish youth organisation, known as Civil Defense Units/Civil Defense Units Women (Yekîneyên Parastina Sîvîl, YPS/YPS JIN) had made parts of Cizre effectively a no-go zones for the police, digging trenches and blocking roads.

The killings happened during a 78 day curfew imposed on Cizre between 14 December 2015 and 2 March 2016. During the curfew, the town of about 100,000 people was sealed off and thousand of people was displaced.

Melike Gül Demir

 

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