Kurdish mother killed by Turkish mortar fire in Diyarbakir

Turkish army has destroyed hundreds of houses in besieged Kurdish towns in Kurdistan

AMED (KDN) – A Kurdish mother of three was killed on Sunday when a mortar shell fired by Turkish forces hit her apartment in Diyarbakir’s Sur district that has been under curfew for a month.

Melek Alpaydin, 38, was eating breakfast with her children when the shell hit her apartment in the Sur district of Diyarbakir. Turkish army’s mortar fire had left a gaping hole in the exterior wall of the second-story apartment.

Bloodstained breakfast trays, tea glasses and bowls could be seen lying on the carpet where she was sitting which was also covered in debris from the damaged wall, as local women wailed in mourning outside, he said.

Kurdish activists say the use of force has been wildly excessive with the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) saying 12 civilians have been killed in Sur alone since the curfew was imposed on December 2.