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HPG announces one of its commanders killed in Turkish airstrike

2019-08-22

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SULAIMAN – The People’s Protection Forces (HPG) announced on Thursday (August 22) that one of its commanders was killed on Tuesday in an airstrike by Turkish warplanes.

“Helin Halana was born in 1986 in Yalova [northwestern Turkey] and was martyred on August 20 in the Zap area,” the statement added.

The HPG is the military wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

On July 1, the prominent leader Sarhad Farto was killed along with four other fighters in an airstrike on March 21.

Farto was a member of the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) Foreign Relations Committee, the Committee for Supporting PKK Martyrs’ Families said in a statement.

It marks the second announcement of the death of a senior PKK leader in the last ten days. On July 7, the KCK announced that Diyar Gharib and two other fighters were killed two days earlier in an airstrike by Turkish warplanes in Qandil.

The Turkish military routinely carries out airstrikes and artillery bombardments in the Kurdistan Region against suspected PKK targets, but their frequency has increased since Ankara launched “Operation Claw” in May, as have civilian casualties.

The three-decade armed struggle by the PKK against the Turkish government flared up again in 2015 after the collapse of a two-year ceasefire and settlement process.

(NRT Digital Media)