HPG: “30 Turkish soldiers killed in revolutionary guerrilla operation”

The Press Office of People’s Defense Forces (HPG) released a statement announcing the results of a large scale operation carried out by guerrillas against the Turkish forces in Heftanin region of Medya Defense Zones in southern Kurdistan, northern Iraq.

The statement recalled that the Turkish army launched an invasion operation on Heftanin region on August 23rd but faced historic resistance since the launch of the campaign as guerrilla forces have inflicted heavy losses on the Turkish army and carried their historic resistance against the invaders to a higher level in the Battle of Heftanin Revolutionary Campaign.

HPG announced the following details of the revolutionary operation by guerrilla forces:

“On occasion of the martyrdom anniversary of Martyr Beritan (Gülnaz Karataş), an operation led by YJA Star (Free Women’s Troops) guerrillas was carried out against the Turkish units stationed on Konferans and Siser hills at around 2pm on October 25.

The positions and shelters of the enemy forces were struck from eight sides and the positions of the enemy were infiltrated by our forces who completely destroyed the 7 positions and 2 shelters on Konferans hill and 1 shelter on Siser hill.

Entering all the positions of the enemy, our forces killed at least 30 enemy soldiers and injured many others. Following the actions, the Turkish army shelled the area with howitzers, mortars and heavy weapons.

Four of our comrades who fought bravely against the enemy during these actions, fell as martyrs. Their identities will be announced to the public later on.”

HPG also provided information on another action, in which guerrillas hit an armored scoop of the Turkish army involved in road construction between Merge and Museka outposts in Hakkari’s Şemdinli (Şemzinan) district at 15:15 on October 24. While the scoop was destroyed, a Turkish soldier was killed here, according to the HPG statement.