The Communications Centre of the People’s Defence Forces (HPG), the armed wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), informed on Sunday that they had the remains of a Turkish soldier killed in clashes, and that they would hand the body over to his family once they were contacted.
The HPG statement said:
“The identity of a soldier who was killed in clashes on 7 July has been confirmed. His name is Naci Kaygısız. It also came to our attention that the death of the soldier, a special operations trooper, has not been disclosed to the public in Turkey. Those who send these soldiers to invade Kurdistan do not claim their remains. So we call on the family of Naci Kaygısız to let them know that we will hand the remains back with the assistance of civilians if the family wishes. They will be able to contact us through civilians in Amedi district of Duhok province in South Kurdistan.”
Intense clashes have been going on between Turkish forces and Kurdish fighters in Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) since the Turkish army launched its latest military campaign, dubbed ‘Claw-Lock’, in KRI in April.