Fallen Turkish soldier’s son brings funeral to tears

Fallen soldier’s three-year-old son says “This is my father!” and shows his coffin during funeral ceremony

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

The three-year-old Melih Yildiz looks at a soldier during his father's funeral in Turkey's eastern province of Adana on Dec. 29, 2015.

Updated Dec 31, 2015

A funeral ceremony was held on Tuesday for Gendarmerie NCO sergeant Kenan Yildiz, who died during an anti-terror operation launched against PKK terrorists in Silopi District of Turkey’s southeastern province of Sirnak.

Along with the family of the fallen soldier, Chief of General Staff General Hulusi Akar, Navy Commander Admiral Bulent Bostanoglu, Adana Governor Mustafa Buyuk and many citizens attended the ceremony.

During the ceremony, the soldier’s three-year-old son Melih played with his friend forgetting where he was for a while.

Melih brought everyone at the funeral to tears when he told his friend “This is my father!” showing the photo of Kenan Yildiz put in front of the coffin.

The PKK, which is considered as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU, renewed its armed campaign in July after ending a two-year ceasefire with the Turkish government. 

Since then, more than 200 Turkish security forces died in clashes with the terrorist group. Meanwhile, 1,700 PKK terrorists were killed in anti-terror operations.

TRTWorld, AA