An armored vehicle used by Turkish security forces kills old woman in Diyarbakır’s Lice district

An old woman named Pakize Hazar has reportedly lost her life when she was hit by an armored vehicle used by Turkish security forces as she was trying to cross a street in Lice district of Diyarbakır province on Wednesday. It was reported that the armored vehicle left the area after the fatal incident while the old woman’s body was taken to Halis Toprak Hospital in Lice for the autopsy.

It is not the first time that  the armored vehicles used by Turkish police or soldiers have killed citizens in Kurdish dominated Southeastern Turkey. It was reported that a Cobra type armored vehicle had hit 71-years-old Naciye Özdemir as she was trying to cross the road in Seyit Rıza Square in Tunceli city center, killing the old woman on Sept. 6, 2016.

Seven years-old Berfin Dilek was also hit and killed by an armored police vehicle on her way home from school in Dargeçit district of Mardin province on Feb. 9, 2017

A fifty-five years-old woman, named Hatun Elhuman, was hit and killed by a military armored vehicle on Gevran Avenue in Diyarbakır city center on April 27, 2017.

Also 2 people were hit by an armored police vehicle and Sami Uçan lost his life in the hospital in Van province on April 28, 2017. In the same province, 7 people were also injured by armored vehicles in the following week.

Most recently, two brothers, Furkan (6) and Muhammed (7) Yıldırım were killed when an armored police vehicle hit their home in Silopi district of Şırnak province on May 4, 2017.

June 14, 2017

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