Dozens of Turkish troops killed by PKK offshoot in Turkey’s southeast

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Kurdish fighters of the HPG. File photo

ARA News 

QAMISHLI ــ At least 34 Turkish army troops have been killed during the military operations in the mainly Kurdish areas in Turkey’s south-east, according to the People’s Defense Forces (HPG), the armed wing of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The PKK’s media center issued a statement, obtained by ARA News, saying: “In response to the Turkish-led offensive on the cities of Kafr, Nusaybin and Şırnak, our forces [HPG] carried out an operation against military headquarters in the township of Hani in Amed (Diyarbakir) province.”

“We were able to kill at least 34 soldiers of the Turkish army and wound more than 70 others,” the statement read.

The HPG leadership explained that many ambulances went to the operation’s area and transferred the injured to the hospitals.

“We were able to destroy a large deal military equipment during the operation,” it stressed.

Speaking to ARA News, the Kurdish mayor of Nusaybin Sara Kaya had said that the Turkish army forces have been bombing the Kurdish city of Nusaybin southeastern Turkey for weeks.

At least seven neighborhoods in the city have been under heavy bombardment, according to Kaya.

Major Kurdish cities and towns in southeastern Turkey have been witnessing daily battles between the Turkish army forces and PKK rebels.

Since the start of the Turkish military campaign last July, over a 1000 civilians have been reported dead, hundreds more injured and tens of thousands displaced due to the military operations by the Turkish forces southeastern the country. More than 100,000 displaced people have been documented in two months, while many others remain stranded in war-torn towns and villages in the Kurdish region, according to local activists.

Over the past two months, the army has been targeting the 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, according to Turkish military sources.

Turkey-PKK violence has raged in the Kurdish region since July subsequent to the collapse of peace talks–aimed at ending a three-decade conflict in the country that claimed lives of over 40,000 people.

Reporting by: Ahmad Shiwesh

Source: ARA News

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