HC Deb 13 March 1905 vol 142 cc1173-4
SIR A. HAYTER (Walsall)

To ask the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is in possession of any information relating to the recent misconduct of Turkish troops in the village of Kuklish in the vilayet of Salonica; whether he is aware that out of 140 houses forty-three have been burnt and a large number looted; and whether any report has been received from His Majesty's Consul at Salonica as to the number of those massacred or violated by the Turkish troops.

(Answered by Earl Percy.) In reply to the hon. Member's Question and the Question which stands in the name of the hon. Member for Tyneside, it appears from a narrative supplied by a Russian gendarmerie officer, who was present during the later phases of the conflict, that the numbers of casualties and house burnt are correctly stated; but we expect shortly to be in possession of further details of the occurrence, as an inquiry has been held on the spot by the Russian Adjoint, the secretaries of the Austrian and Russian Civil Agents, and Colonel Ali Riza Bey, representing Hilmi Pasha. The revolutionary band, whose presence had been denied by the villagers when summoned to surrender them, escaped during the attack. The exact number of killed and wounded among the Turkish troops is not stated.