The National Intelligence Organization (MIT) on Thursday eliminated Hasan Demertaş, a so-called al-Arab, also known as Kobani, regional director of the PKK terrorist organization in northern Syria.

According to information received from security sources, it was determined that terrorist Hasan Demertaş joined the terrorist organization in 2001 and has been operating for many years in rural areas of Hakkari, Tunceli and Zagros against Turkish security forces. It was learned that Hasan Demirtaş personally participated in the murder of Tunceli Ovacık prosecutor Murat Uzun and a civilian taxi driver in 2011, and was placed on the MIT target list due to the arrest warrant.

In this context, after receiving information from field agents, MIT eliminated Hasan Demertaş with an operation in downtown Kobani.

Terrorist Hasan Demertaş, the so-called al-Arab regional director of the PKK terrorist organization, during the terrorist meeting. (AA file photo)

It has also been determined that terrorist Hasan Demertaş, who was in contact with the US authorities in Syria/Manbij on behalf of the PKK, has been appointed as Kobani’s regional director since 2020. During this time, he instructed and led the actions against security forces on the Turkish border at Kobani.

With the military operations organized by MIT in recent weeks, a number of terrorists have been eliminated in Qamishli, including Muhsin Yağan, code name “Dijvar-Silopi”, a so-called PKK administrator, and Yusif Mehmud Rebani, from the code name “Rezan Cavit”, a “provincial leader” of the terrorist group.

For more than 40 years, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union – has been responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

Since 2016, Ankara has launched a trio of successful counter-terrorism operations across its border in northern Syria and northern Iraq to prevent the formation of a terrorist corridor and allow the peaceful settlement of residents: Euphrates Shield (2016), Olive Branch (2018) and Spring of Peace (2019).

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