A report by Turkey’s Human Rights Association (İHD) shows that several families cannot reach their children in the village of Koruköy in southeastern Mardin province due to a blockade by Turkish security forces in place since Feb. 11. However, Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has defended adamantly the treatment of the villagers under the siege of security forces.
Speaking with a villager in his 40s who was released for health reasons, the İHD said there are families who were separated from their children after some parents were taken out of the village by security forces for medical treatment in hospitals.
The HDP deputy also called on deputies from the other parties to go to Nusaybin to see what is happening in Koruköy. “
Abidin was detained in the village of Koruköy and family members had not heard from Abidin for 14 days until a powerful photo, claimed to be of him, was published on social media, raising allegations of torture. Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu shared the photo, asking Soylu if the allegations were true.
The outlawed PKK has been waging a four-decade–long terror campaign against the Turkish state to carve out an autonomous zone in Turkey’s Kurdish Southeast. More than 40,000 people are believed to have died in PKK attacks beside of the clashes between Turkish security forces and the PKK.