Armed members of the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H), an affiliate of the outlawed PKK, were caught on camera on Friday, forcing a construction vehicle operator to dig ditches on the streets of the Lice district in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir.
The Lice district surveillance cameras have captured the images of the masked and armed YDG-H members walking the streets and trying to take out an utility pole with a construction vehicle in order to remove the cameras.
Another image showed the militants armed with handguns and rifles, dismantling concrete paving blocks and damaging fiber optic cables which make communication possible in the district.
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The militants were also seen blocking a road with burning tires and shooting at the cameras. They were recorded running away from the scene following the arrival of the security forces.
The PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, NATO, the US, and EU.
The YDG-H emerged in early 2013 in mostly Kurdish populated urban areas following the announcement of Turkey’s peace initiative called the “Resolution Process.”
In the beginning of 2013, Turkey announced a peace initiative aimed at resolving the conflict between the government and outlawed PKK, the militant group seemed responsive until mid-July this year operating under the instructions of its imprisoned leader, Abdullah Ocalan.
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) also reported about the youth group on August 19, making interviews with the local members of the group in the Silopi district of Sirnak in southeastern Turkey.
The members said that they had developed their networks in many cities during the peace process and claimed that they “have 31 units, each with 20 members,” in just the district of Silopi, the WSJ report stated.
The district has a population of 121,000 according to the data from the Turkish Statistical Institute.
One of the female militants was quoted by the report as saying that “There are many of us, and we are in every city in Turkey now.”
PKK terrorists carried out several attacks against Turkish security forces since the Suruc suicide bombing in Turkey’s southeastern Sanliurfa province, widely thought to have been carried out by ISIS on July 20.
Fifty seven Turkish security officials have been killed in militant attacks by the PKK and ISIS since the bombing.
In response to the PKK and ISIS attacks, Turkish security forces have stepped up efforts against the militant groups and launched air strikes in several positions used by PKK and ISIS in northern Iraq and Syria respectively since late July.
Turkish media outlets recently reported that security forces have killed 771 PKK terrorists, inflicting heavy losses on the armed group during its domestic operations and air strikes targeting the PKK camps and teams in northern Iraq.
Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its southeastern regions by the PKK, which was founded in 1974 by Ocalan and his supporters. Armed clashes and acts of violence have continued on and off for more than 30 years, and claimed more than 40,000 lives.