PKK plans to use locals as human shields emerge in Turkey

Leaked radio talks of PKK provincial leader reveals plans to use locals as human shields against security forces in southeastern Turkey

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Some locals in Turkeys southeast seen blocking the road on their march to become human shields for outlawed PKK.

Leaked radio talks of PKK leader Fehmi Atalay, who leads militants in Hakkari province, revealed that outlawed PKK plans to use local supporters as human shields against the security forces in eastern and southeastern regions of the country where most terror attacks are carried out.

PKK is a recognized terror organization by Turkey, the US, EU and the UK.

The radio talks obtained from security sources indicated that PKK fears falling weak ahead of harsh winter conditions.

“We were not able to respond to operations of the security forces due to various reasons. If the fall and winter season go by as in 2011 and 2012, we would be defeated. Doski valley operation was a breaking point for us. Do not speak of cease fire in present time period, it has become necessary for us to arm every single cell in cities. We must use them as human shields when we are hard pressed,” Atalay is reported to have said in the conversation caught on radio speaking to fellow militants.

During Turkish Armed Forces (TAF)’s operations at Doski valley, PKK was reported to have accumulated heavy losses.

On his speech, Atalay tells militants to increase psychological pressure among locals, mass and restive actions. He also ordered even the supporters to be fired at by militants as they are coming out to support.

“This way the public would be easily angered when media is used in saying ‘security forces fired at human shields,’” he is reported to say.

Furthermore, he ordered for village guards to be executed along with their families over the accusation of being ‘informants.’

According to security officials, the order to kill village guards is another sign that the outlawed PKK is in a desperate situation since it was not a common method in the past.

Another concern among the militants in the conversation was the affinity of locals in the region with the security forces as they are said to have passing on information to intelligence officers.

Militants also confess that PKK is having hard time to find volunteers, and its umbrella organization KCK is not providing needed support to the armed militants for winter conditions.

TRTWorld and agencies