2 PKK terrorists surrender to security forces in SE Turkey

2 PKK terrorists surrender to security forces in SE Turkey


Two YPG/PKK terrorists have surrendered to Turkish security forces in the country's southeastern Mardin province, Interior Ministry said Thursday.

In a statement, the ministry said the terrorists, identified only by their initials as Z.A. and R.A.H., turned themselves in during the provincial gendarmerie command's ongoing efforts to convince terrorists to lay down arms.

It added that a total of 78 terrorists have so far surrendered to the Turkish forces since the beginning of this year.

There has been a surge in the number of terrorists laying down arms and surrendering to security forces after a series of successful domestic and cross-border anti-terror operations.

Once the terrorists surrender, they are provided with many opportunities, including the right to education and freedom to live without fear of oppression.

They are not ill-treated, can contact their families freely and are provided with essential judicial assistance. The Turkish state offers a variety of services to ensure their social reintegration.

According to some former terrorists, the PKK ringleaders risk the lives of others to save their own and threaten those planning to surrender with torture.

In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and European Union – has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women and children. The YPG is the PKK's Syrian offshoot.