PKK denies death of senior commander in Syrian Kurdistan


10 July 2016 – QANDIL,— – A spokesperson for the People’s Defence Forces (HPG), the military wing of the PKK, and Syrian Kurdish YPG command denied reports that a senior Kurdish commander from the Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers’ Party PKK has been killed in Syrian Kurdistan [northern Syria].

On Saturday Turkish media reported that one of the commanders of the PKK was killed along with eight others in a bomb attack on his car.

Fehman Huseyin, also known as Bahoz Erdal, was said to have been killed on Friday when the car he was traveling came under attack from a rebel group. The Tel Khamis Brigades group had been tracking him for some time, its spokesman told Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency. “We dedicate this operation… to the Syrian people,” Khasakewi was quoted as saying, indicating his group had carried out the attack. Another eight people were allegedly killed in the incident as the vehicle headed towards the northeastern city of Al Qamishli from Hime town in Syria.

Huseyin is in the “red” category of the Turkish Interior Ministry’s most wanted terrorists’ list. Ankara considers the PKK a terrorist organization and cracks down on its supporters bot at home and in neighboring Iraqi Kurdistan and Syrian Kurdistan.

Forty-seven-year-old Huseyin is a Syrian national, and Ankara says he was instrumental in organizing the Kurdish YPG militia, the military arm of the Syrian Democratic Union Party (PYD). The YPG has links to the PKK, an organization considered terrorist in Turkey.

Later on Saturday, YPG member Rezan Heddo denied reports of the Huseyin death to Sputnik saying that there were no PKK militants present in Syria, as he called the media reports “devoid of truth.” The veracity of either Huseyin’s death report or the YPG denial could not be immediately verified by an independent source.