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PKK-affiliated group accuses Turkey of killing Turkish captives in Gara

  2021-02-14  | 
 Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – A group affiliated to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) denied on Sunday (February 14) killing of 13 Turks found in a cave in the Kurdistan Region.

Turkish Defense Minister, Hulusi Akar accused the PKK of executing 13 Turks during an operation in northeast of Duhok. Reuters cited a security source as saying that there were Turkish intelligence, military and police personnel among the 13 found dead in the cave.

A number of the 13 Turks were killed in Turkish aerial and ground attacks launched on the camp where the Turks held captive, People’s Protection Forces Center (NPG) said in a statement.

“The intensified airstrikes launched by the invader military of Turkey in four days on the captives’ camp was in an aim to kill all the captives,” it added.

“Turkey wanted to permanently remain in Gara, but the resistance of the Guerrillas didn’t allow them,” the NPG said.

Turkish Defense Ministry on Sunday (February 14) announced completion of second phase of “Operation Claw-Eagle” in Duhok’s Gara mountain against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

NPG said a “failure” in the recent Turkish anti-PKK operation in the Kurdistan Region caused the withdrawal of the Turkish military in the area.

Hulusi Akar, Turkish Defense Minister said 48 PKK fighters were killed in the operation and the region where they operated was taken under control, their ammunition stores and shelters destroyed.

According to the Turkish minister three Turkish soldiers were killed and three were wounded during the operation, in the Kurdistan Region’s Gara mountain.

“The operation has been completed. Our land and air elements returned to their bases and barracks safely,” Akar said

(Zhyan English)