Thursday, December 29, 2011

Airstrike kills 31 Kurdish villagers in southeast Turkey

An airstrike in southeast Turkey killed at least 31 Kurdish villagers crossing into the country from Iraq on Wednesday night, a local official from the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party said.

"A group of villagers were coming from northern Iraq across the border after 9.30 p.m. Their path was blocked by soldiers and then four planes bombed them," said the official, Yunus Urek, blaming the Turkish military for the attack.

The people were from the border villages of Ortasu and Gulyazi, according to Urek, who said he was in Ortasu

"These are people who go across the border all the time, for their daily needs like sugar or fuel," he said. "Only one person survived with injuries."

Vahdettin Ozkan, the governor of Turkey's southeastern province of Sirnak, said a full investigation is underway.

"A crisis center has been set up at the governor's office, and prosecutors and security forces have been sent to the region," he told Turkey's Anadolu Agency. Read More