Kurdish fighters of the PKK. File photo
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URFA – More than 20 members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) were killed in renewed Turkish airstrikes in the southeastern province of Hakkari, the Turkish army said in a statement on Wednesday.
The strikes were preceded by clashes between PKK fighters and Turkish army forces in the area stretching from Şemdinli to Takkali in Hakkari province, where at least one Turkish soldier was killed and others injured.
The Turkish army said that some ten F-16 jets participated in striking two major PKK fighting positions in the area and killed at least 20 fighters that were stationed there, beside destroying several Doshka machine guns that have been used by the PKK during the clashes.
Speaking to ARA News, Kurdish lawyer and human rights activist Farzat Shekho said: “The unequal military capacities between the two parties is apparent. The current conflict is a suicidal operation by the PKK as Turkey uses all kinds of advanced weapons in the clashes, including the F-16s.”
“The ongoing violence indicates that Turkey has never been serious in reaching a peaceful solution for the Kurdish cause. The army is intensifying its operations day by day,” Shakho said.
“The Turkish government has apparently taken its decision to continue the fight against the PKK, but they’ve forgotten that they are dealing with a cause of 20 million Kurds. Turkey couldn’t eliminate the Kurdish fighters over the past three decades, which raises controversy about the Turkish decision-making process,” he said.
Reporting by: Muhammad Ali
Source: ARA News