‘1,298 bodies lie in 88 mass graves in southeast Turkey’

‘1,298 bodies lie in 88 mass graves in southeast Turkey’

Turkey’s Human Rights Association announced figures regarding the mass graves in southeastern Turkey.

February 14, 2011, Monday/ 17:11:00

The Diyarbakır branch of the Human Rights Association (İHD) has claimed that there are 1,298 bodies in 88 mass graves in southeast Turkey.

The association issued a report on Friday about mass graves in the region. İHD Diyarbakır branch secretary Serdar Çelebi said they were very surprised by the figures and listed the places where the graves are located and the number of bodies in each.

“We have been told that there are 206 people in 15 graves in Siirt, 251 people in 13 graves in Bitlis, 216 people in 19 graves in Diyarbakır, 149 people in nine graves in Van, 102 people in eight graves in Batman, 68 people in six graves in Hakkari, 57 people in five graves in Bingöl, 80 people in four graves in Şırnak, 35 people in four graves in Mardin, 50 people in one grave in Elazığ, 41 people in one grave in Ağrı, 19 people in one grave in Tunceli, 14 people in one grave in Iğdır and 10 people in one grave in Gaziantep. Area locals supplied us with this information,” Çelebi explained.

According to the İHD, the bones of 171 individuals have been found in 26 mass graves. The secretary of the İHD Diyarbakır branch further said they had received hundreds of tip-offs concerning mass graves in the region.

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