PKK terror halts daily life of locals in southeastern provinces
by Daily Sabah
ANKARASep 11, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Sep 11, 2015 12:00 am
As the PKK terrorist organization continues its increasingly deadly attacks on civilians and security officers in the southeastern provinces of Turkey, militants are also halting the daily lives of locals as they prevent medical services from reaching the region. Additionally, to prevent health services from helping locals, PKK terrorists recently killed a doctor working in Diyarbakır's Kulp district. Abdullah Biroğlu was trying to flee from a "checkpoint" the terrorist organization had set up. The outlawed PKK has shifted its strategy to spread terror in urban areas by digging ditches, piling up arms and aiming to draw security personnel into clashes to manipulate public perception. It has also paralyzed traffic by piling up big stones and iron doors, as well as placing a fire tube near the barricades to blow them up in case of military action in the city of Erzurum.
Furthermore, the halting of daily life in the eastern and southeastern regions of Turkey by PKK terrorists continues as ambulances are unable to provide services to locals due to security reasons. In the southeastern city of Mardin, an emergency ambulance was fired at by PKK militants on Monday. Additionally, on Wednesday another ambulance was targeted by PKK terrorists in Cizre. In this regard, when a local called the ambulance for their 9-month-old child to be taken to hospital, the ambulance and health services were unable to reach the location due to the lack of security caused by the PKK. Sources have reported that the child was treated over the phone with the doctor directing the child's parents.
With the outlawed PKK terrorizing not only security officers but also locals, a curfew was declared in a number of southeastern provinces. The curfews have also hindered businesses from operating, while locals were unable to go out on the streets. Since the beginning of the terror attacks by the PKK, more than 110 Turkish security forces have been killed in terrorist attacks including the recent Dağlıca and Iğdır attacks that respectively claimed the lives of 16 soldiers and 13 police officers.