Ankara has given security forces a blank check to kill Kurdish civilians: HDP
Amid news stories that a Turkish drone attack killed one civilian and wounded three others in Hakkari on Friday, pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Ziya Pir said during a press conference on Monday that a statement by the interior minister is a blank check for more civilian killings by security forces in Turkey Kurdish southeast.

Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu on Saturday said mistakes can be made in the fight against terrorists.

 “We see a lot of terrorists. I mean, we see many terrorists with drones. We have never initiated an attack against someone who is not identified as a terrorist or a civilian together with a terrorist. But mistakes can be made,” Soylu said on Saturday concerning the drone attacks.

 “What we understand from Suleyman Soylu’s statement is that the security forces can kill anyone during operations. No investigations will be launched in those cases. That is to say, Soylu has issued a blank check for civilian killings,” said HDP deputy Pir during a press conference broadcast on the HDP’s Twitter account on Monday.

According to local reports, four civilians were targeted by an armed Turkish drone near the village of Oglu in Hakkari.

The governor of Hakkari claimed that the villagers were supporting the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), while a statement from the Interior Ministry said they were targeted while transporting livestock for the PKK.

Reporter’s code: 50101

News Code: 16916  |  Date: 2017/09/05  |  Time: 11 : 40

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