A child by the name of Mihraç Miroğlu was crushed and killed on 3 September by a police armoured car in the Turgut Özal neighbourhood of Idil (Hezex) district in Şırnak (Şırnex), MA reports.
The child could not be saved at Idil state hospital where he was taken after the incident, which occurred in the evening hours. It is reported that he was riding his bicycle when the armoured car crushed him.
Many people went to the hospital upon hearing of the incident, including members of the district branch of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).
The 7-year-old Mihraç’s body was collected by his family following an autopsy at Idil State Hospital, and the boy was buried at the Şex Hesan Cemetery in the district. District chairs of the HDP and hundreds of others attended the funeral.
The head office of the HDP said in relation to the incident:
“The deaths in the cities of Kurdistan caused by armoured cars driven by police and soldiers are no accident, they are slaughter. How many, how many children, women, elderly people have they killed now? It’s enough, it’s enough!”
Dozens of children have been killed by army weapons fired in the open in Kurdish-majority provinces of Turkey, and according to data provided by human rights organisations, at least 69 incidents involving armoured cars have occurred since 2008, mostly involving children.
As a result of these incidents, 68 out of the 69 of which occurred in the Kurdish-majority cities of Turkey, 40 people have been killed. Of these, 20 were children and six were women.
Eighty-seven people suffered life-changing injuries.
Not one of the perpetrators has been penalised, and the police and soldiers driving these armoured cars remain in their duties, benefitting from the state policy of impunity.