17 August, Thursday


PKK murder of 15-year-old boy reminds Turkey of civilians fallen victim to terror

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hile the killing of a 15-year-old boy by PKK terrorists has united Turkey in condemning the heinous group, it also made the country remember hundreds of civilian who have become victims to PKK terror.
 
Eren Bülbül died from gunshot wounds sustained as he helped gendarmes track PKK members nearby his house in Maçka, a town 22 kilometers (14 miles) south of the Black Sea city of Trabzon, on Friday. Gendarmerie Master Sgt. Ferhat Gedik, 41, was injured in the same incident and later died as well.
 
Bülbül's funeral was held in the Köprüyanı neighborhood on Saturday after prayers at Maçka Central Mosque with hundreds attending the ceremony.
 
Locals hung Turkish flags from windows and balconies to mark the teenager's death, and a poster of Eren was also hung outside the town hall with the words: "Eren Bülbül, Maçka will never forget you. Our martyrs rest in peace."
 
Deputy Prime Minister Fikri Işık visited the hospital where Eren had been treated to express his condolences to the boy's family.
 
Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, head of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), also condemned the attack.
 
"You are so low as to fire a bullet at a 15-year-old boy," he said in a tweet. "I wish God's mercy to Eren Bülbül and Ferhat Gedik, who were martyred in the attack."
 
The PKK resumed its armed campaign against Turkey in July 2015 after a cessation of clashes. Since then, it has been responsible for the deaths of some 1,200 Turkish security personnel and civilians, including women and children.
 
Although the PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU, the U.S. continues to support the PKK's Syrian offshoot the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing the People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria in the pretext of fighting the Daesh terrorist group.
 
The group carried out its first terror attack on Aug. 15, 1984, when it attacked two gendarmerie outposts in the southeastern provinces of Hakkari and Siirt.
 
The civilian death toll mounted in the following months and years.

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