Forest Set Ablaze by Turkish Army in Amed

As part of efforts to intimidate the majority Kurdish population of the Amed region, Turkish military forces set a forest near Barin on fire. The operation was launched on the 30th of June with Turkish forces systematically burning the forests.

As the flames began to approach nearby Kurdish neighbourhoods, residents began to protest the threat of fire. Turkish forces intervened to stop residents from fighting the fire. Municipal fire fighters also did not intervene despite pleas from residents.

The operation represents a clear attempt to spread terror and fear among the Kurdish population in Amed. As well as the threat to life the forest fires are an attack on the local ecological situation. The use of fires and ecological destruction has been a common tactic in several Turkish military operations across Kurdistan.

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