Turkish army kills 16 PKK members in latest clash near Iraq border

Sixteen people from terrorist Kurdistan Workersand’ Party (PKK) were killed in clashes with the military in southeastern Turkey on Thursday, lifting this weekand’s death toll to almost 40 in the predominantly Kurdish area and dampening prospects for a ceasefire.
The military killed 16 PKK members in a rural area near the town of Yuksekova near the Iraqi border, the General Staff said in a statement on its website. The army killed 15 PKK members and lost two soldiers there on Wednesday.
In the town of Silvan, where authorities imposed a round-the-clock curfew on three districts this week, two men were shot to death in street clashes, security sources said. Two others were killed earlier this week.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) regained its parliamentary majority in an election last Sunday, five months after it was deprived of single-party rule. In July, the long-running conflict against the PKK reignited.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had overseen a historic peace process that collapsed in July, vowed on Wednesday to continue battling the PKK until every last fighter was andquotliquidated.andquot
An opinion poll by Ipsos released Wednesday said 13 percent of the electorate switched their votes ahead of the snap election due to fears of mounting PKK violence.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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