HPG statement on Çukurca: 12 Turkish soldiers killed

The Press Office of People’s Defense Forces (HPG-BIM) released a statement providing the details of the action carried out by guerrillas against the Turkish army in Çukurca region on April 19 night.

HPG-BIM stated that guerrillas carried out actions against the Turkish troops in Çukurca region of Hakkari and Sidekan region of South Kurdistan on April 19 and 20.

According to the statement, guerrillas raided the position of Turkish soldiers stationed on Marty Bager Hill in the countryside of Hakkari’s Çukurca district at 21:10 on April 19. The action was carried out as part of the ‘Martyr Bager and Martyr Ronya Revolutionary Initiative’.

Guerrillas carried out the raid from two directions and put all the positions here under fire at close range.

After entering the emplacement, guerrillas destroyed many of the positions here, leaving 12 soldiers dead, including a commander of the hill, and 10 others wounded. While many soldiers fled their positions on the hill and fled as a result of the strikes of guerrillas, three soldiers ended up missing as their aftermath is not known.

Simultaneously, guerrillas also hit the Turkish military units on the hills of Koordine, Martyr Zeki and Petrot. While all the three hills were put under intense fire, the number of soldiers killed or wounded here couldn’t be clarified.

Following the action of guerrillas, the Turkish army bombarded the region with fighter jets and artillery till 5 am on April 20.