The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has announced a unilateral ceasefire in Turkey after two devastating earthquakes, one of the leaders of the military-political group said. Cemil Bayik.
“We call on all our forces involved in the fighting to stop all military activity in Turkey, in megacities and cities,” the statement reads. statement leader of the PKK, published by ANF.
According to Bayik, the goal of the ceasefire is to focus all possible resources to rescue civilians in southeastern Turkey, which has a significant Kurdish population.
“Thousands of our people are still under the rubble. Our people need to be pulled out of the rubble. Because it’s winter, it’s snowing, it’s raining, the weather is cold. If they are not pulled out from under the rubble, they can die from the cold. Therefore, everyone must mobilize all their resources. Everyone must mobilize to save our people,” he added.
The leader of the group also said that the Kurdish militants would not take any action until the Turkish state itself attacked the PKK. The corresponding decision will be in effect until the pain of the Kurdish people “does not subside, and the wounds do not heal.”
Two earthquakes of magnitude 7.8 and 7.5 occurred in eastern Turkey on the morning of February 6. According to the latest information, the tragedy claimed the lives of more than 19,000 residents of the republic, while more than 3,300 people died in neighboring Syria. Rescue work is still ongoing. Seismologists warn that the death toll will rise as people remain buried under rubble in sub-zero temperatures.
Ankara recognizes the PKK as a terrorist organization and considers it one of the main threats to national security. The Turkish army is fighting the Kurdish group both inside and outside the country. In particular, the Armed Forces of the republic continue the operation “Claw-Castle” in the north of Iraq.