13 Turkish Soldiers Killed in Heftanin

Published July 26, 2020

13 Turkish soldiers killed in Heftanin

13 soldiers of the Turkish army were killed in Heftanin where guerrillas struck a camp of the invading troops from three sides.

In the Heftanin region in Southern Kurdistan (Northern Iraq), guerrillas have been resisting the Turkish invasion with the “Revolutionary Offensive Cenga Heftanin” since mid-June. Several actions were carried out as part of this campaign on 24 July.

At 9.45 am, guerrillas targeted a military camp in the area of Şehîd Şîlan on Hill Kartal from three sides. Eleven soldiers were killed, two tents and a surveillance camera were destroyed as a result.

At 4.30 pm, a soldier on Hill Şehîd Berxwedan in the Xantûr area was shot by a sniper of the women’s guerrilla troop YJA-Star.

At 8.30 pm, guerrillas hit a Turkish military unit stationed on Hill Dupişk. One soldier was killed and two others were injured here.

HPG said that the actions were carried out in memory of the fallen guerrilla fighters Zelal, Reşat, Argeş and Zinar.


In Çukurca district of Hakkari province, guerrillas hit soldiers who were cutting down trees and building positions in the Şifreza area. The military unit was observed for a while before it was struck by guerrillas at 11 am on 24 July. While one soldier was killed and another injured here, the Turkish army launched an operation, which was stopped on the same day without results.


The Turkish army launched a comprehensive operation in the area of Aşkita in Başkale district of Van province on 12 July. The operational units were withdrawn from the area on July 20 without any results. However, ambushes are still being carried out in the areas of Axula, Gozeldere, Aşkita, Sulavê and Paçan.