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HDP lawmaker accused of links to PKK over alleged 'Gara visit'

  2021-02-21  | 
 Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – A lawmaker of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has been accused by Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office of having links to the PKK after suspects of having travelled to the Kurdistan Region where 13 Turks were killed, state media reported on Sunday (February 21).

The probe against HDP Deputy Dirayet Dilan Tasdemir comes hours after the Turkish interior minister accused her in a TV interview of travelling to the mount of Gara where the slain Turks were held captive by the PKK.

Lawmaker Dirayet Dilan Tasdemir "is under investigation for belonging to a terrorist organization," Ankara prosecutors said.

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.

PKK accused Turkey of killing the Turks, saying Turkish airstrikes and ground attacks targeted a camp where the Turks held captive.

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).

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)