According to Mesopotamia Agency, Turkey’s military operations that were launched on 9 January in Lice, a district in Turkey’s Kurdish-majority city of Diyarbakır (Amed), continue. Soldiers reportedly have even broken down the doors of houses that were unoccupied.
The military operations are reportedly still continuing in the Çağdaş (Cinezur), Dibek (Derxust), Arıklı (Hiseynik) and Bağlan (Mişref) neighbourhoods of Lice. One soldier reportedly lost his life and three were injured due to a clash between Peoples’ Defence Units (HPG) and the Turkish army.
On 18 January, eight people were reportedly detained and arrested on the charge of being ‘members of an organisation’. Thirty five people who were detained were taken to Lice District Gendarme Station but no further information has been obtained regarding their well-being.
Whilst the operations continue in the region, it was learned that military units broke down the doors of houses that were unoccupied. Medya News, in an exclusive, also spoke to Seçil Bozkuş, a villager in Lice whose house was raided by soldiers. She revealed in a video-call to Medya News the nature and extent of mistreatment and the pressures that they had been subjected to. The interview with Seçil Bozkuş has revealed the oppressive situation that exists in the district as operations continue.
There continues to be silence in the media about the mistreatment and targeting of civilians in Lice by soldiers undertaking these ongoing operations. This is despite the fact that Turkey’s Ministry of the Interior officially announced that the ‘Eren-2 Lice Operation’ was launched in Lice using 116 operational teams and 2,024 personnel.