Two People’s Defence Forces (HPG) fighters were killed in a clash in the rural area of Yardere during a military operation of Turkish armed forces in the Ömeryan district of Mardin (Merdin) on 25 October.
After the operation two villagers living in the area, Ibrahim (72) and Faize (70) Dinler were beaten in their home and taken into custody .
The couple, whose formal arrest was demanded by the prosecutor’s office for allegedly being members of “the organisation”, were referred to Mardin Peace Court of Criminal Jurisdiction. They were questioned about caves on their land. The old couple were released under judicial control by the court where they were transferred after nine days in custody.
MA reported that as well as Ibrahim Din, who was beaten and detained, his older brother Abdurrahman Din (73) was also beaten during the operation. Abdurrahman said that on the first day of the operation soldiers came to the valley and began a search, and they stayed in the village for two days.
“On the third day of the operation, the soldiers demolished a wall in the valley,” he said, and “they uprooted large numbers of olive trees.”
He stated that he had been beaten by soldiers who came to his house.
“I still feel pain on the right side of my chest. I fell to the ground and soldiers continued to beat me while I was on the ground.”
He added that he had not been able to stand up for some time as a result of the severe beating.
“They searched our house and then left when they could not find anything,” he added.
“They repeatedly asked me if I knew the HPG fighter who had died, they showed me a photo and they beat me for no reason, and then they left the house”