Reports inform of heavy clashes between Kurdish fighters and members of the Turkish army in Diyarbakir.
According to the information released by a RIA Novosti correspondent, intense clashes are currently taking place in the Turkish city of Diyarbakir between the army and militants of the Kurdish resistance. The dimension of the conflict is such, that even machine guns and artillery attacks have been reported.
In the past few months, the clashes in the historic central Sur district of Diyarbakir have been quite intense.
RIA Novosti correspondent informed that the district has been cordoned off by members of the Turkish army who have opened fire against the Kurdish militants. There are also reports of a big number of injured citizens who have been picked up by several ambulances during the clashes.
The mayor of the city informed that 50 000 of the 70 000 inhabitants of Sur have left their homes by now.
Last December, a curfew was declared by Turkish authorities in some southeastern regions of the country where clashes between the Ankara forces and militants of the PKK are still taking place these days.
A significant escalation of the tensions between both parts originated since the death of 33 PKK militants on a suicide blast in Suruc on July, 2015. After that, two policemen were killed by the PKK, and since then, Ankara started its military campaign to combat the Kurdish group and its militants.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan proudly claims that Turkish Security Forces have killed 3100 members of the PKK, only in 2015.
But PKK is not the only target of the Turkish regime, there are a series of resistance groups that are continuously under attack of Ankara’s Forces, like the DHPK-C, whose opposition to the government and its despicable measures have led them to armed fight when necessary.
Back to PKK’s history, it was created in late 1970s to promote the self-determination of the Kurdish community, Turkey’s biggest minority, whose aim is to create their own independent state.
Written by Lisbeth Mechter