Turkse veiligheidstroepen hebben dit weekend 32 Koerdische militanten gedood in het overwegend Koerdische zuidoosten van Turkije, aldus veiligheidsbronnen zondag. Tijdens de operatie is ook een politiefunctionaris om het leven gekomen, twee anderen raakten gewond.
DIYARBAKIR-AMED, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— Security forces killed 32 Kurdish militants in Turkish Kurdistan, the Kurdish region in the southeast, this weekend, the army and security sources said on Sunday, escalating a conflict re-ignited by the collapse of a two-year ceasefire last summer.
It was one of the bloodiest weekends since the three-decades-old insurgency resumed last July, scuppering a peace process launched by Ankara with the jailed leader of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in late 2012.
On Saturday, 16 rebels were killed in the Kurdish towns of Cizre and Silopi, near the Syrian and Iraqi borders, and another four were killed in the historic Sur district of the region’s largest Kurdish city, Diyarbakir, the armed forces said in a statement.
It said that a total of 448 militants had been killed in those three areas since they were placed under round-the-clock curfew and security operations were launched last month.