Scores of Turkish forces killed in renewed clashes with PKK

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PKK fighters adjust a machine gun. Photo: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

ARA News

URFA – Three members of the Turkish security forces were reportedly killed and seven others wounded in confrontations with rebels of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey’s south-east, Turkish army said on Sunday.

Chief of staff of the Turkish army also revealed Sunday that a Turkish soldier was killed during clashes with the PKK rebels in the district of Yeşil Yurt in the city of Şırnak southeastern Turkey in the early morning hours, while another soldier killed in the same area on Sunday evening.

The Turkish army leadership pointed out that 13 PKK fighters have been killed since Saturday, while the Turkish death toll mounted to 28 in the ongoing operations led by government since March 14. 

The security forces have imposed a curfew in the Kurdish-majority districts of the city for weeks. 

In the meantime, PKK rebels detonated a hand-made explosive device among a unit of the Turkish special forces in the neighborhood of Dijla in the city of Nusaybin, led to the death of a policeman and the injury of seven others, according to Turkish military sources.

The sources emphasized that four of the injured are in critical case.

Turkish security sources reported that the army has been targeting PKK strongholds in Nusaybin and Şırnak with tanks and artillery from the hills that overlook the two Kurdish areas, in a bid to remove the PKK-led checkpoints erected on the roads linking the cities in Turkey ‘s south-east. 

Reporting by: Jan Nasro

Source: ARA News

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