DBP member and People’s Assembly co-chair murdered in Silopi
It came out that DBP Assembly member Sêvê Demir, Silopi People’s Assembly co-chair Pakize Nayır and KJA activist Fatma Uyar are among the four people murdered by state forces in Şırnak’s Silopi district yesterday. Body of another slain civilian is yet to be identified.
The four people were killed as state forces opened heavy and random fire on civilian settlements in Karşıyaka neighborhood for hours late yesterday evening. The aggression has also left many wounded.
Casualties have been revealed only after the bodies of four slain civilians were brought to Silopi State Hospital earlier today.
HDP Şırnak deputies Aycan İrmez and Ferhat Encü, and HDP Silopi branch co-chair Aycan Azma were hindered by state forces with armored vehicles as they wanted to go Silopi State Hospital after the delivery of the four bodies to the morgue.
Three bodies were sent to Şırnak State Hospital’s morgue this evening. HDP Şırnak MP Leyla Birlik and Urfa MP İbrahim Ayhan who had a talk with the prosecutor confirmed that bodies belonged to DBP Assembly member Sêvê Demir, Silopi People’s Assembly co-chair Pakize Nayır and KJA activist Fatma Uyar. Body of the other civilian, who is a man, couldn’t be identified yet as his face unrecognizable.
As many as 37 people have been taken into custody in Silopi district of Şırnak where onslaught by Turkish forces against the areas of self-rule continues for 23 days.
While state forces are forcing and threatening the people to leave the town where they couldn’t break the popular resistance yet, dozens were forcibly expelled from Şehit Harun neighborhood and are being held at indoor sports facility in Yenişehir neighborhood now.
Among these people who all were subjected to criminal record check, a total of 37 people including DIHA (Dicle News Agency) reporter Nedim Oruç have been taken into custody. It was not immediately clear where the detainees were taken to.
In the meantime, over 20 people who were similarly expelled from Barbaros neighborhood and detained yesterday, have reportedly been taken to Silopi Courthouse.
In Silopi district of Şırnak where a state of siege continues for 23 days, bodies of four slain civilians have been brought to Silopi State Hospital.
Bodies reportedly belong to civilians from Karşıyaka neighborhood where state forces opened heavy and random fire on civilian settlements for hours late yesterday evening. The aggression has also left many wounded.
HDP Şırnak deputies Aycan İrmez and Ferhat Encü and HDP Silopi branch co-chair Aycan Azma were hindered by state forces with armored vehicles as they wanted to go Silopi State Hospital after the delivery of the four bodies to the morgue.
Ferhat Encü said they were stopped and surrounded by hundreds of soldiers and armored vehicles before reaching the hospital to learn about the identities of casualties and take care of the wounded. “The hospital is encircled at the moment and we are not allowed to move. We do not know what they are hiding there”, he said.
State forces blockaded and attacked Şırnak’s central Dicle neighborhood where popular resistance for self-rule continues.
While the gunfire opened by police from armored vehicles left two civilians in the neighborhood dead, local units of self-defense responded to the attacks.
Bodies of slain residents remain at the scene since last night as intensified aggression by state forces continues. Masses that started to walk to the neighborhood after the attack were also targeted by police.