Turkish military armed forces killed nearly 300 Kurdish rebels, members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), in raids. The military operation was held in three districts in southeast Turkey, the Turkish General Staff said on Saturday.
According to the military’s website 179 militants were killed in Sirnak province’s Cizre district, 27 in Siliopi, and 55 in the Sur district of Diyarbakir province, adding that they had also defused dozens of improvised explosive devices in the three districts, which have been under curfew since December. The majority of the provinces’ population is Kurdish. They also destroyed a school that was allegedly being used by militants for training. This region is stronghold of the PKK, which Turkey and NATO consider as a terroristic group. The Turkish president Erdogan insists on continuing the operation until the area is free of Kurdish militants.
The PKK group, outlawed in Turkey, has been struggling for independence of Kurdish-dominated regions in the southeast. Kurdish rebels seek to create a sovereign state in territories belonging to Turkey, Iraq and Syria.
Written by Yoana Manoilova for South Frony