Turkey-PKK peace process at stake

Kurdish supporters of the PKK in Diyarbakir. File photo

ARA News

Istanbul, Turkey – The Turkish security sources announced on Tuesday that Turkish fighter jets bombed sites of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in southeastern Turkey, for the first time since a cease-fire was reached in March, 2013.

The Turkish Air Force bombed the positions of the PKK in the village of Degilja in the province of Hakkari (where Kurds constitute majority) in southeastern Turkey, near the Iraqi border.

The military operation against the PKK comes three days after a PKK-led bombing targeted a Turkish military outpost in Hakkari province.

These developments took place at a time when the peace process between the Kurds (represented by the PKK) and the Turkish government in Ankara witnesses instability due to the recent protests by Kurds in several Turkish cities because of the Turkish government stances towards the battles in the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobane, northern Syria.

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has accused the Peoples’ Democratic Party (affiliated with the PKK) of asking the Kurdish youth in Turkey to take to the streets and protest against the Turkish government for not helping the Syrian Kurdish fighters of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) in their war against the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS), an al-Qaeda offshoot.

Sources from the Ministry of Health of Turkey reported that dozens of “terrorists” (in reference to the PKK fighters) were killed in several Turkish cities after “attacks on public and private property, as well as threats to the security of citizens”.


Reporting by: Mohammed al-Shami

Source: ARA News

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