IHD: Balance sheet of war in Turkey for one month

Human Rights Association (IHD) has released a balance sheet of war for the period from July 21th and August 28th which witnessed an intense wave of detentions, arrests, assaults, torture, murders and executions.

According to the report, 2,544 people were detained in the last 37 days, and among them 338 were remanded in custody.

Armed clashes during the mentioned period left 38 HPG guerrillas and 92 members of Turkish security forces -police and soldiers- dead. 47 civilians were killed during this period.

According to the figures compiled in the report, 144 mass meetings and demonstrations were intervened and 2,544 people were detained, who included 11 children and 5 foreign journalists/observers.

The report revealed that out of the 2,544 detainees, 136 were accused of membership to ISIS, 22 to the parallel structure and the rest to KCK/PKK and some other left-wing organisations.

Remarking that almost all the detainees suffered torture and ill-treatment, the report said IHD branches confirmed 198 people were detained with critical wounds.10 children were listed among those remanded in custody.

The rally of Peace Bloc in Istanbul, the Peace Rally in Amed and the Eruh Fest in Siirt were banned during this period.

130 people, including 12 children, were wounded as a result of interventions on mass meetings and demonstrations and attacks during operations. IHD noted that the figures could be higher as there were also some others who didn’t have the opportunity or were allowed to be hospitalized.

The report also stated that two policemen were killed in their house in Urfa’s Ceylanpınar district, District Gendarmeri Garrison Commander Arslan Kulaksız was killed in Malazgirt district of Muş, and ISIS members in Konya attacked the people protesting Suruç massacre, as well as many houses and cars.

Guerrillas detained 24 people who include two policemen and one soldier, one member of AKP General Assembly, 11 employees of Kapıköy Customs Office in Van’s Saray district -one of whom was released later-, three health workers in Erzurum -all of whom were released later-,10 employees at Üzümlü Customs Office in Hakkari’s Çukurca district, 45 workers from three construction sites -all were released later.

IHD listed the 47 civilians who lost their lives during this period as follows;

Halk Cephesi (People’s Front) member Günay Özarslan in Istanbul’s Bağcılar district

  • 11-year-old Beytullah Aydın in Amed
  • Abdullah Özdal in Şırnak’s Cizre district
  • Abdulkadir Aslan in Mardin
  • Bülent Güngör in Mersin
  • Seyithan Dede in Mardin
  • Hasan Nere in Şırnak’s Cizre district
  • Osman Çaran, İbrahim Turan in Amed’s Çınar district
  • Sezai Yaşar, Ahmet Yaşar, Mirzettin Göktürk in Ağrı
  • Sahip Akıl in Şırnak’s Cizre district
  • Hamdin Ulaş, Mehmet Hıdır Tanboğa and Kamuran Bilin in Şırnak’s Silopi district
  • 8 civilians in Zergelê
  • Orhan Aslan (16) and Emrah Aydemir (15) in Ağrı’s Diyadin district
  • Fahrettin Budak in Amed
  • Havzullah Doğan in Mardin’s Nusaybin district
  • Rahmi Kızıltaş and Abdullah Toprak in Varto district of Muş
  • Ömer Cinkılıç in Bitlis
  • Serhat Bilen, Hanife Durak, Veysi Toraman in Amed’s Silvan district
  • Fırat Elma (17) in İstanbul’s Esenler district
  • Cebbar Acar in Şırnak’s İdil district
  • Ali Akpınar in Mardin
  • An unidentified person in Amed’s Sur district (aged around 20 and allegedly Syrian citizen)
  • Fettah Es and three unidentified people in Hakkari’s Yüksekova district
  • Eyüp Ergen, Baran Çağlı (7), Emin Yanaş (10), Mesut Sanrı (28) in Şırnak’s Cizre district
  • Bahri Külter in Şırnak
  • Erhan Tanrıkulu (28) in Ağrı’s Doğubayazıt district
  • Armed clashes/mines and attacks with explosives

While 166 police/soldiers were wounded, 92 police/soldiers, 1 village guard and 38 HPG guerrillas lost their lives, one civilian is reported to have died and 34 others wounded during these conflicts between two sides.

Some lynching attempts were made in Giresun, Ordu, Antalya, Eskişehir, Erzurum, Düzce, Ankara, Burdur, Bursa, Antalya and Konya provinces and some of their districts.

Over a hundred areas in a number of cities in the Kurdish region, such as Siirt, Şırnak, Dersim, Ağrı, Antep, Kars, Amed, Hakkari, Dersim, were declared ‘security zones’ in line with decisions made by the Council of Ministers and governors.

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