New Cold War.org, Feb 27, 2016
Reports from the ANF News agency are enclosed, plus background.
One wounded amid Turkish police crackdown on thousands marching to relieve the siege of Sur district
AMED, Turkey – Turkish police forces have staged a crackdown on thousands in the main Kurdish city Amed in eastern Turkey [Diyarbakir in Turkish] who started a march from Kosuyolu Park to the central Sur district to break the siege ongoing for 88 days.
Police attacked the marchers with water cannons and tear gas, in response to which demonstrators mounted resistance.
As the crackdown continued, police shot a youth by the name of Abdullah Yilmaz in the Mevlana Halit neighborhood of Baglar district.
The youth was rushed to hospital by local residents. He is reported to have suffered a grave injury to the head and is in critical condition at the moment. Dozens of people have been reported detained by police.
Thousands gather for a march to Sur to break the siege
City of Amed (Diyarbakir in Turkish) – Thousands of people have started to flock to Kosuyolu Park in the main Kurdish city Amed to join a march to the central district of Sur where genocidal attacks by state forces are ongoing for 88 days.
The demonstration is held under the main slogan ‘Give voice to Sur’. It is being joined by a large number of demonstrators from across Amed city and its districts.
Co-chairs are expected to make a statement here before the beginning of the march to break the ongoing siege in Sur.
Urgent Call for a Peaceful Solution to the Humanitarian State of Affairs in Sur District of Diyarbakir
The infrastructure has been largely destroyed by shelling. An estimated 200 people are still trapped in the basements, including 15 children under 10 years of age and an unknown number of wounded people. Civilians cannot leave their homes due to the continuous shelling and dead bodies are lying on the streets.
The Turkish authorities acknowledge the presence of 131 civilians and 25 PKK militants.
We appeal to the Turkish authorities to enable a humanitarian solution to the crisis in all urgency and to create the circumstances that would allow sparing the lives of the civilians, especially the children.
We urge you to suspend the curfew and to put in place a 24 hour ceasefire to allow for the wounded to be evacuated and for people to be able to leave the area safely. Please don’t allow for another humanitarian catastrophe like the one in Cizre, where a reported 158 civilians trapped in a basement died.
We also appeal to the High Representative Mogherini and EU Heads of State to address the dramatic situation in Sur urgently.
This letter is signed by the following members of the European Parliament:
Elena Valenciano, Subcommittee on Human Rights, Chair of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, Spain
Michael Gahler, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats), Germany
Richard Howitt, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, United Kingdom
Charles Tannock, Committee on Foreign Affairs, European Conservatives and Reformists Group, United Kingdom
Mark Demesmaeker, Committee on Foreign Affairs, European Conservatives and Reformists Group, Belgium
Yana Toom, Committee on Culture and Education, Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, Estonia
Takis Hadjigeorgiou, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Confederal Group of the European United Left – Nordic Green Left, Cyprus
Marie-Christine Vergiat, Subcommittee on Human Rights, Confederal Group of the European United Left – Nordic Green Left, France
Fabio Massimo Castaldo, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group, Italy
Rebecca Harms, Co-Chair Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, Germany
Bodil Valero, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, Sweden
Ernest Maragall, EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, Spain
Ska Keller, EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, Germany
Josep-Maria Terricabras, Vice-Chair of Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, Spain
Helga Trüpel, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, Germany
Tatjana Zdanoka, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, Latvia
Michel Reimon, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, Austria
Terry Reintke, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, Germany
Turkish forces kill 60 ‘terrorists’ in Kurdish Cizre raid – reports, RT.com, Feb 8, 2016
Conflict between Turkish gov’t and HDP party over civilians stranded in Cizre escalates, New Cold War.org, Feb 2, 2016
Latest news, Feb 28, 2016:
No news from trapped civilians under ongoing fire in Sur, ANF News, Sunday, Feb 28, 2016
Turkish forces continue their murderous attacks on Amed’s historic Sur district where a state of siege remains in force for 89 uninterrupted days.
Tank and artillery strikes by state forces began early this morning, also targeting the area where nearly 200 civilians remain trapped in basements of buildings under fire. These include babies, children and elderly from whom no news has been received today.
A large number of armored vehicles have been dispatched to the district which is also witnessing an intense activity of Turkish helicopters.
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