Roboski

When & Where On December 28, 2011, civilian Kurds were killed in a military airstrike involving the use of four bombs dropped on Ortasu/Roboski and Gülyazı/Bujehon villag

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When & Where

On December 28, 2011, civilian Kurds were killed in a military airstrike involving the use of four bombs dropped on Ortasu/Roboski and Gülyazı/Bujehon villages. As a result, 34 people were killed. These villages are located on the southeastern border of Turkey, near Iraq.

How & Why

A group of Kurdish youths was illegally smuggling goods across the Iraq-Turkey border when the Turkish Armed Forces mistakenly identified them as outlawed Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) members engaging in rebel activity. The operation to bomb this group was approved by Turkey's General Staff, then carried out by the military.

 



 
Long-Term Effects
The investigation into the unnecessary killing of these civilians resulted in several court cases, finally with the military court ruling in favor of the Turkish Armed Forces. The prosecution stated that the military simply followed their commands. The Parliamentary report in March 2013 stated that there was no evidence to suggest any intentional misuse of power in the Roboski attacks, instead pointing to poor intelligence communication. Many Kurds find this ruling as giving an unfair advantage to the state, demanding for an appeal or that the case is taken to the European Court of Human Right for justice to be effectively found.

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