A major military operation has been launched by Turkish forces in Turkey’s Kurdish-majority district of Yüksekova (Gever) around the villages of Şîşemzîn, Xurekana Seyîda and Xurekana Temo on Sunday, and at least 13 villagers have been arrested during the operation, according to a report by Mezopotamya Agency.
The detained villagers, women and elderly among them, were reportedly subjected to beatings by Turkish troops as they were taken away.
Eleven villagers were released after questioning at the gendarmerie headquarters in Yüksekova.
Lawyers who came to the gendarmerie headquarters to provide legal services for the detainees were also beaten and dragged along the ground by troops acccording to a MA report.
A number of shepherds were arrested, resulting in herds of thousands of sheep wandering off and being spread about the area, but villagers have not been allowed to go out and search to gather them in.
The gendarmerie command later announced that three villages in the area of the operation had been sealed off, and all entries and exits restricted for three days.