Police Kill 22 Year-Old Kurdish Youth During Demo To Break Siege Of Sur


Turkish police forces attacked thousands of people in Amed (Diyarbakir) today during a protest march from Koşuyolu Park to the central Sur district to break the siege that has been ongoing for 88 days.

Many people were injured in the attack as police used plastic bullets, gas pellets and water cannons to disperse the crowd.

It has been confirmed that 22 year-old Abdullah Yılmaz whom police shot in the head in the Mevlana Halit neighborhood of Bağlar district has died. Yılmaz was rushed to a private hospital following the attack but could not be saved.

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10 consecutive explosions were heard in Sur this morning with state forces intensifying attacks against the people in the district. There are estimated to be between 1000-2000 people still living in Sur, with some 200 trapped in basements and houses.

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Trenches and barricades were put up in the district following mass arrests and killing of civilians after the June general election in Turkey. In the past few months Kurdish youths have declared the Civilian Protection Units (YPS) and YPS-Jin (Women); armed militias that are fighting within the neighbourhoods against state forces.

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