3 soldiers, 1 civilian and 11 PKK terrorists killed in Southeast Turkey

Three Turkish soldiers were killed on Friday in the mainly Kurdish Southeast of the country, the latest casualties in a tide of violence engulfing the region since the breakdown of a cease-fire between security forces and militants late in July, while in separate attacks, a civilian woman was killed in a Kurdistan Workersand’ Party (PKK) attack in the Silopi district of iirnak province and security forces killed 11 PKK terrorists in iirnak on Thursday.
Two of the soldiers died when their vehicle hit a buried explosive in the Lice district of Diyarbakir province, the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) said in a statement on Friday. A third was killed and three more wounded in clashes in the Ercii district of Van province during a dawn operation by security forces acting on a tip-off that militants were holed up in a house, the TSK stated on its website.
The Dogan news agency reported that the injured soldiers were taken to hospital and an operation was launched in the area to find the perpetrators of the attack in Van.
Authorities also said security forces had killed 11 PKK militants on Thursday in clashes in the southeastern towns of Cizre and Silopi, near Turkeyand’s borders with Syria and Iraq. A round-the-clock curfew remained in force in three neighborhoods in the town of Silvan for an 11th consecutive day, even after security forces regained full control of the areas after operations targeted PKK terrorists, security sources said.
A civilian woman named Fatma Yiiit was killed after a bomb was exploded in Silvanand’s iehit Harun neighborhood on Thursday night. Pro-Kurdish Peoplesand’ Democratic Party (HDP) iirnak deputy Ferhat Encandu told reporters that members of the Turkish security forces threw the bomb that killed Yiiit. Encandu said that five others were also injured in the explosion.
On Thursday, police fired tear gas at a group of HDP lawmakers in Silvan who wanted to enter the districts under police lockdown amid concerns over food shortages. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoilu dismissed criticism of the operations on Friday, saying all andquothumanitarian measuresandquot were in place and vowing to continue the operation until andquotevery street is safe.and”
Ever since a suicide bombing in Suruandc in ianliurfa province on July 20 killed 33 activists and injured 100 more, there has been a large increase in clashes involving the PKK. Two police officers were killed by PKK members on July 22 in retaliation for the Turkish authoritiesand’ perceived failure to prevent the Suruandc attack. The violence and PKK-led attacks further escalated when Turkey carried out airstrikes on PKK bases in neighboring Iraq.
The violence has effectively shelved a settlement process with the PKK that began in late 2012 and the accompanying cease-fire. More than 150 members of the security forces have been killed in the conflict with the PKK or in attacks committed by the terrorist group since the resumption of violence.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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