- The curfews are accompanied
by military assaults against civilian populations -- their homes,
businesses, offices, historical monuments, reservoirs and infrastructure
are being bombed and destroyed.
- "No one can go outside. Our water is running out. The food at
homes is running out. The telephone lines have been cut. The situation
here is terrible. ... After declaring the curfew, they [the Turks]
deploy soldiers, police and snipers in the evacuated schools. They have
piled up their ammunition inside the schools." -- Osman Tetik, a
representative in Cizre of the Education and Science Workers' Union.
- "They are shooting bullets at hospitals and ambulances. The
Ministry of Health is standing by as hospitals are turned into military
quarters and as health institutions and employees become targets." --
Gonul Erden, co-President of the Trade Union of Public Employees in
Health and Social Services.
- "All those towns will be cleansed of terror elements. If
necessary, neighborhood by neighborhood, house by house, street by
street." -- Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, December 15.
- The curfews and military assaults against Kurdish civilians have reportedly forced at least 200,000 Kurds to flee.
- "This reminds me of the Bosnian genocide, the mass graves where I worked, and the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. People did not speak up against those mass murders, too. Later, in the face of those massacres, the state authorities were found guilty of staying silent, of looking the other way." -- Prof. Sebnem Korur Fincanci, President of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey.
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