Eight people who were detained during house raids have been sent to prison, as the military operation launched on 9 January by the Turkish army continues in rural areas of Diyarbakır’s (Amed) Lice district.
The operation is active in the Çağdaş (Cinezur), Dibek (Derxust), Arıklı (Hiseynik) and Bağlan (Mişref) neighbourhoods of the Lice district of Diyarbakır. One soldier lost his life and three soldiers were injured in an armed clash.
Following the clashes, Turkish forces cut access to rural neighbourhoods, detained villagers and raided houses. The raids have continued since 9 January. Mehmet Şah from the Bağlan neighbourhood was arrested on the charge of being a member of organisation, Sıddık Özkan (63) from Dibek, Ferzende Özkan, Ömer Yıldırım, and four other people (names unknown), two from the Hazro district, were also reportedly detained.
According to the Mesopotamia Agency’s (MA) report, another seven people, who were detained following statements from anonymous witnesses, were referred to court on 15 January and then sent to prison on the charge of “being members of an organisation”.
According to local sources the military operation is still in progress. Additional troops have been deployed to Kayacık (Hezan) in Lice and military mobilisation has been observed in the village of Yalaza (Kerwes).