The Kurdish organization Children of Fire Initiative, a branch of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), has claimed responsibility for the large-scale fires in Turkey, as Turkish media Yeni Safak reported, citing organization's social media accounts.
"Children of Fire are taking responsibility for sabotaging Turkey's tourist regions: it's time to bring them to their knees with a fire until the Turkish regime learns to understand another language," the PKK tweets said.
According to the Daily Sabbah, the so-called "initiative", in a statement published on their website, threatened the country with new arson attacks Sunday. The group said they would carry out arson attacks everywhere, along with sabotage attacks. It called upon its members to kill anyone opposing the terrorist group by starting fires.
One of the PKK’s highest-ranking members, Murat Karayılan, also previously hailed the method of using arson in terrorist attacks in a statement. “Two or three youths may well gather and do something. They may say ‘we don’t have a weapon’ but their weapons are lighters and matches,” he said. The PKK-linked group used almost verbatim these sentences in their threat.
Şemdin Sakık, another high-ranking PKK terrorist, also previously said that the terrorist group would resort to similar actions if need be. “If we run out of weapons, we will go to Bodrum and burn their yachts, go to Antalya to burn their greenhouses, go to Istanbul to burn their cars and go to Izmir to burn their forests,” he said.
Furthermore, the PKK's Children of Fire Initiative is responsible for the fires that broke out in Hatay last year and caused great damage.
To note, the Kurdistan Workers' Party is recognized as terrorist in Turkey.
As it was reported earlier, on July 28, a large-scale forest fire broke out in the province of Antalya, in the Manavgat region in Turkey. The Turkish President commented on the situation in the country, announcing a national disaster. Two fire planes of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine flew to Turkey to extinguish forest fires.