Dear all,


It has been six months since the start of Turkey`s occupation attacks on South Kurdistan (North Iraq) on April 23, 2021. Here are the latest developments:


  • According to a 6-month balance sheet published by the People`s Defense Forces (HPG) on October 24, 2021, the Turkish army has carried out 323 attacks with chemical weapons against the guerrillas and civilians in South Kurdistan. 101 members of the HPG guerrilla were killed, 32 of them as a result of chemical attacks. The HPG has carried out a total of 599 attacks on the Turkish occupying forces leading to the death of 670 Turkish soldiers and wounding of 96 more. In its statement, the HPG concludes that the Turkish army has not been able to advance and achieve its aim of occupying all of South Kurdistan.
  • The HPG published the names of four guerrillas who were killed in an attack by the Turkish army with chemical weapons in the Werxelê area (Avaşîn region, South Kurdistan) on October 10, 2021.
  • In an open letter to Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, members of the Executive Council of OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) and the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs over a hundred South Kurdish MPs, journalists, intellectuals, women’s rights activists, human rights activists and civil society members called for immediate actions against the use of chemical weapons and the occupation attacks by the Turkish state. Only a day later, 65 women and women organizations from different countries wrote an open letter to OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) Director-General Fernando Arias in which they also made an urgent call for action regarding the war crimes committed by the Turkish state in South Kurdistan.
  • In an interview on October 17, 2021, the People’s Defense Centre (HSM) Headquarters Commander Murat Karayılan once again confirmed the extensive use of chemical weapons by the Turkish army and called for international delegations to visit the affected areas in South Kurdistan: „International forces and institutions can visit the areas where chemical weapons have been used. There are KDP forces deployed in some parts of the region where chemical weapons have been used. The whole world has relations with the KDP. If they come to South Kurdistan, they can also visit the guerrilla-controlled areas.“


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