Turkish special forces storm Kurdish family home in Van’s Erciş district

Special forces of the Turkish police (PÖH) and gendarmerie (JÖH) attacked a family home in the village of Çobandüzü in the Erciş district of Van province on Saturday night due to a denunciation received by security forces, according to a report by the pro-Kurdish Fırat news agency (ANF).

Photos: ANF

The family was warned by the police and gendarmes to leave the house immediately. Before the family members could exit, gas grenades were reportedly thrown into the house. The family left the house barefoot and in nightwear and was battered outside by the special forces.

ANF has reported that before the family was able to understand what was going on, a fire broke out in the house. The family was prevented from extinguishing the fire and had to spend hours outdoors. Due to the fire, the interior of the house was destroyed and the dowry of a young female member of the family for a wedding next week was burned.

Mehmet Polat explained that his family members were forced to lie down on the ground: “We were not even allowed to call the fire department. Our house has been lit and searched. If we are offenders and deserve such treatment, why was nothing found in the search conducted in the house?”

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