Fighting in Turkey kills 19

2012-08-05 13:02

Ankara - Fighting between Turkish soldiers and outlawed Kurdish rebels killed 19 people in the southeast of the country on Sunday, the local governor told the Anatolia news agency.

Six soldiers, two village guards and 11 Kurdish rebels were killed following an overnight rebel attack on an army post in a village in Hakkari province which borders Iraq, the governor Orhan Alimoglu said.

Another 15 soldiers were wounded.

The raid on the army post follows similar assaults in the Kurdish-dominated southeast which have prompted the army to launch an all-out offensive against Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) bases in the area.

The Turkish ground and air operation, one of the biggest in years, was launched about two weeks ago to drive out the rebels in the town of Semdinli, also in Hakkari province.

About 2 000 soldiers are involved in the offensive, private NTV television reported on Sunday.

"A serious and strong operation is under way in Semdinli," Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said last week.

The PKK, considered a terrorist organisation by Turkey and much of the international community, took up arms in Kurdish-majority southeast Turkey in 1984, sparking a conflict that has claimed some 45 000 lives.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-05 14:18

    The Syrian government should be sending arms to the rebels!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-05 14:39

      They are via defections.

  • shaik.spear.1 - 2012-08-05 14:55

    so i guess our government is also going to be accused of killing unarmed citizens. That the UN is going to threaten us with sanctions and USless resolutions like they doing syria!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-05 17:05

      ? And do you not care that Syrians are being butchered by an unelected dictator, in control of the Syrian state and military, just because they want to vote in free and fair elections.

      shaik.spear.1 - 2012-08-07 17:09

      i am starting to wonder what it is that you really care about! Everyone knows who the 'opposition' is made up off and what THEY are doing in syria! Dont you care to what extend they are going to topple the syrian government?! you sit in your armchair thousands of km's away and think you are doing the right thing?

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