The Turkish army is trying to break the guerrilla resistance in the Medya Defence Zones by permanent attacks with chemical weapons and unconventional bombs.
For three years, the Turkish army has been attacking Zap, Avaşîn and Metîna in the guerrilla-held Medya Defence Zones in Southern Kurdistan (Northern Iraq) with all its might. However, the large-scale attack, which was meant to lead to success within a few weeks, encounters a highly mobile and at the same time highly professional guerrilla force that masterfully combines both the positional warfare of tunnel systems and the battle of fast-moving units in the field.
In order to break this resistance, the Turkish army uses all means at its disposal and goes far beyond conventionally permitted weapons. Chemical weapons and unconventional bombs continue to be used against the guerrillas. In doing so, the Turkish army concentrates its forces on certain key positions. Most recently, the focus has been on the resistance areas of Girê Ortê and Şehîd Delîl in Metîna as well as Girê Cûdî on the western front of Zap.
Footage taken by the guerrillas shows the Turkish army planting unconventional explosive devices, quickly retreating and then detonating them. The footage of the detonation of the bombs shows the high pressure and the rocks flying around as a result of the huge explosions. The smoke from the detonations spreads over hundreds of metres.