According to the Press Center of the People's Defense Forces (HPG), mobile guerrilla units have carried out various actions against the Turkish occupation forces in Southern Kurdistan (Northern Iraq) over the past two days. The guerrillas have increased the scope of their actions and expanded the areas of resistance, the HPG said. According to the statement, 13 soldiers were killed in the actions in Zap, Metîna and Xakurke regions, and a position and a camera surveillance system were destroyed. Meanwhile, the Turkish army carried out hundreds of artillery and airstrikes on Medya Defense Zones, and chemical weapons were again used at Kuro Jahro. The HPG statement reveals the following details:
On May 1, the Turkish occupation forces at Girê Rûbar were struck by the guerrillas with heavy weapons. A coordinated guerrilla action by two attack groups targeted the Turkish forces at Girê Şehîd Armanc in the Çiyareş resistance area. While six soldiers were killed, one of their positions was destroyed and two others were damaged.
On May 2, a soldier was shot dead by an HPG sniper in Kevirêkun in the Şikefta Birîndara resistance area, and two other targeted actions left two soldiers dead. The strategically important Kuro Jahro mountain remains fiercely contested. At the nearby Girê Şehîd Amargî, a soldier was shot dead on Monday. When the Turkish army tried to use explosives against the Kuro Jahro resistance area, the guerrillas used sabotage tactics and killed two soldiers. Against the guerrillas' defensive positions at Kuro Jahro, the occupying forces used chemical weapons three times on May 2.
Xakurke and Metîna
Guerrillas in the Xakurke and Metîna regions also took action against the Turkish occupation forces on May 2. YJA Star fighters hit a Turkish unit at Girê Şehîd Axîn in Xakurke with heavy weapons, killing one soldier. The Turkish army put the area under massive artillery fire following the action.
Another guerrilla action with heavy weapons took place at Girê Azad in Metîna, and a camera surveillance system was destroyed in the Koordine area.
Attacks by the Turkish army
On May 1, the areas of Girê Amediyê, Boxaza Azadiyê, Kanîgûzê and Girê FM in the Zap region were shelled with howitzers by Turkish border guards. On May 2, hundreds of shells were fired at the Çemço, Saca, Girê Cûdî, Girê FM, Girê Amediyê and Sergelê areas in Zap, and the Turkish Air Force carried out 19 attacks.
In Xakurke, the area around the Lolan River was bombed three times by Turkish fighter jets on Monday.