22/08/2011

Bombardements turcs : sept civils tués et plus de 120 villages désertés

Bombardements turcs : sept civils tués et plus de 120 villages désertés

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L’aviation turque a  bombardé dimanche les villages kurdes de la région autonome du Kurdistan irakien, tuant au moins sept personnes, dont une femme et quatre enfants, et forçant des centaines de familles à quitter leurs maisons.

Les avions de guerre ont pris pour cible les villages du Kurdistan au cinquième jour des bombardements, lancés le 17 aout contre les zones du Parti des travailleurs du Kurdistan (PKK), où se trouvent des centaines de villages, loin de la guérilla.

Un véhicule a été touché dimanche par les bombardements turcs à Kortek, un village de la région de Sengeser à Qandil, tuant au moins six civils qui étaient dans le véhicule, selon des sources kurdes. Il s’agit de deux femmes, deux enfants et deux hommes, habitant du village de Gollê, dans la même région.

Au moins dix avions ont participé à l’attaque, rapportent les medias kurdes.  Peu avant, le Zap, Metina et Garê, trois régions sous contrôle du PKK, ont été bombardés à 11h30, selon l’agence Firat.

124 VILLAGES DESERTES

117 villages d’Amediye, dans la région de Dohuk,  ont été désertés sous les bombardements turcs au cours de ces cinq derniers jours, ainsi que sept autres à Sidekan, à 100 km au nord-est d'Erbil, et à Qandil, écrit le site du journal Rudaw.

Mais, certaines sources affirment que les 170 villages d’Amediye ciblés par les bombardements seront évacués.

Un journaliste kurde dans la région, cité par l’agence Firat, a dit que les habitants des villages de Mêrga Çiya, Yekmalê, Hêsê, Xirabe, Şêlaza, Dergelê, Pîrka, Bêşîlê, Bêlîzanê et de Bazê, dans la région de Metina, ont été forcés à quitter leurs maisons. 10 à 15 villages de la région de Haftanin seraient aussi désertés, selon des sources locales.

Plusieurs villages ont été touchés depuis début de l’opération qui a causé d’importants dégâts matériels.  Un pont a été détruit à Berwari Balan, dans la région d’Amediye, lors des bombardements du 21 aout.

DES INCURSIONS TERRESTRES ENVISAGEES

Selon les analystes, la Turquie et l’Iran envisageraient des incursions terrestres après le Ramadan qui se termine fin aout.  Des dizaines de milliers de soldats turcs, dont la plupart sont des forces spéciales, ont été positionnés sur la frontière avec l’Irak.  Le régime iranien, en coordination avec la Turquie, poursuit ses opérations tout au long de la frontière, et bombarde le Kurdistan irakien, depuis 16 juillet.

 

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Turkish aircrafts bombed civilian areas in Iraq


The Ministry of Peshmerga (Kurdish fighters) of the autonomous region of Kurdistan has denounced the bombing of "civilian areas" by the Turkish Air Force since Wednesday, while committed to exercise its right of self-defense in case of attack against the Kurdish region. The Kurds in Turkey tomorrow form a human shield on the border to protest against the bombing.

"Above all, the bombing of the territory of Kurdistan is illegitimate," said Jabbar Yawar, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Peshmerga, in an interview Friday, August 19 Kurdish Diha to the agency, based in Turkey.

The Turkish air force and artillery shelling since Aug. 17 areas under the control of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which are also hundreds of villages far from the positions of the guerrillas.

AREAS OF THE PKK

PKK areas extend for hundreds of miles between Turkey, Iran and Iraq, covering seven areas: Qandil, Metin, Zap, Xakurke, Xinere, Haftanin and Zagros. The guerrillas have no fixed camps, and most of PKK fighters are inside the Turkish border.

Turkey has launched 25 cross-border land operations against the PKK, which premiered in 1983 and the last in February 2008. The goal of each operation was the final liquidation of the PKK, but this armed organization, which is considered a "terrorist" group by many countries, has emerged stronger after each ground, winning the sympathy of millions of Kurds in all parts of Kurdistan and Europe.

352 GOALS BY ARMY BOMBS

Turkish planes bombed 28 targets and artillery pounded 96 others in the region during the attacks Thursday, according to the Turkish military authorities, who claim to be "attention to the protection of civilians." The Turkish army said it had struck 60 goals on Wednesday night by aircraft and 168 others by artillery.

BOMBING OF THE KURDISH VILLAGES

"There are several villages in the bombed areas and the inhabitants of those villages are civilian," said senior Kurdish. "The attacks result in the destruction of several houses of the villagers, killing their livestock, causing damage on farms and forcing the inhabitants to leave their homes. "

According to local sources, the bombing on August 19 at 9:30 Qandil area caused the fire in the farms of the village of Kozin, causing extensive damage and depriving people of electricity. During the August 17 bombing against the village of Zargele in the region of Qandil, a house was destroyed.

Kwestan Ahmed, the head of the region Werte, always Qandil, said homes built far from the villages by the residents were the target of attacks by the Turkish Air Force, agency quoted Kurdish Firat. "It's cruel," he said, saying the attacks have caused extensive damage in the villages.

THE PROBLEM IS POLITICAL, NOT MILITARY

The Secretary General of the Ministry of Peshmerga has warned that the Kurdish government undertakes to exercise its right of self defense in case of attack against the Kurdish region. "As a Kurdish government, we consider these attacks as a violation of the rights of our citizens. We believe that this problem will never be solved by airstrikes and artillery. This is a political problem and ultimately it will be resolved through dialogue, according to the federal government of Kurdistan. "

HUMAN SCHIELD AGAINST BOMBING

The Kurds of Turkey will form Saturday, 20 August a human shield against the bombing, organizing a march to the border of the autonomous region of Kurdistan. This is the fourth human shield action since 2004. The march will begin Saturday in Hakkari and Sirnak, two border towns.

PREPARATIONS MILITARISM ON FRONTIRE IRANIAN

Moreover, the Iranian army deployed reinforcements on the border with Iraq, Kurdish sources said. July 16, the Iranian regime had launched a major operation in coordination with Turkey along the border under the pretext of fighting the PJAK, the Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan, a Kurdish political and military organization that calls for autonomy a democratic confederal system.

/> Heavy fighting took place for about three weeks that have resulted in the death of such three generals and seven high-ranking military officials in the ranks of the Iranian army. PJAK claimed to have killed over 250 soldiers, rejecting all attempts to cross the Iranian border in the region of Qandil.

At least three Kurdish civilians, including a ten year old child, were killed by shelling the villages of Iranian Hajj Omran Sidekan and, in the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. Eleven other civilians were injured, 35 villages and damaged hundreds of people displaced, according to Kurdish authorities. (MAXIME AZADI - ANF, 20 August 2011)

http://blogs.mediapart.fr/blog/maxime-azadi/210811/bombar...

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