SIRNAK, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— Two Turkish soldiers killed on Sunday in a fresh clashes with Kurdish militants in the Turkey’s Kurdish region in the country’s southeast, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
According to the source the two soldiers succumbed to their wounds at a state hospital in southeastern Kurdish Sirnak province on Sunday.
The soldiers had been injured during a counter-terrorism operation against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party PKK group in Sirnak early Sunday, the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to media, said.
The incident occurred as an operation led by Turkish gendarmerie command was taking place in the Bestler-Dereler region of the Uludere district.
Separately, one soldier was killed and another two were wounded late on April 22 during clashes with PKK militants in the Kulp district of the southeastern province of Diyarbakır.
Since July 2015, Turkey initiated a controversial military campaign against the PKK in the country’s southeastern Kurdish region after Ankara ended a two-year ceasefire agreement.
Since the beginning of the campaign, Ankara has imposed several round-the-clock curfews, preventing Kurdish civilians from fleeing regions where the military operations are being conducted.
In March 2017, the Turkish security forces accused by UN of committing serious abuses during operations against Kurdish militants in the nation’s southeast.
The PKK took up arms in 1984 against the Turkish state, which still denies the constitutional existence of Kurds, to push for greater autonomy for the Kurdish minority who make up around 22.5 million of the country’s 79-million population. Nearly 40,000 people have been killed in the resulting conflict since then.
A large Kurdish community in Turkey and worldwide openly sympathise with PKK rebels and Abdullah Ocalan, who founded the PKK group in 1974, and has a high symbolic value for most Kurds in Turkey and worldwide according to observers.
(With files from aa.com.tr)
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