At least 29 killed in Turkish military operation in south-east

At least 29 people, including one civilian, have been killed in a Turkish military operation against the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the south-eastern district of Silopi.

The military said Sunday that they had killed 28 PKK fighters. Silopi is near the Iraqi and Syrian borders.

The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) said the army had encircled the area of Zap on Saturday night with tanks. In another quarter, a sniper killed a 65-year-old man in his house.

HDP parliamentarian Ferhat Encu, who lives in Silopi, told dpa by phone that the fighting was ongoing and artillery fire could be heard.

The authorities imposed a curfew in Silopi about 20 days back. According to the HDP, food supplies are scarce, especially in areas under heavy fire.

Information could not be independently verified in the areas under curfew.

The PKK and the government have been at war since 1984, leaving more than 40,000 people dead. Peace talks collapsed this year and a two-year ceasefire broke down in July. The military launched a fresh offensive in the south-east about two weeks back.

Last update: Sun, 03/01/2016 - 18:20
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