Remains of a Kurdish man who died in Sur district of southeastern province of Diyarbakır during the clashes between the Turkish security forces and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), were given to his family on Monday in a white plastic bag.
The body of the Kurdish man, named Hakan Arslan, had been in custody of Turkish authorities for over six years.
In the pictures posted on social media on Monday, Arslan’s father was seen carrying his son’s bones in a plastic bag.
Sur is one of the southeastern districts which witnessed the most violent clashes between the Turkish security forces and the PKK in 2015 and 2016. Long-lasting curfews along with the clashes paralyzed the daily life for locals in Sur where many had to leave their homes.
The Turkish Human Rights Foundation (TİHV) said that at least 198 civilians including 39 children died in combat areas. According to media reports, more than 300 members of the security forces have been killed in clashes in the region.