Turkey says it will pump billions in stimulus money to Kurdish east

The eastern provinces of Turkey that are hurting economically from the ongoing clashes between Turkish forces and Kurdish fighters will receive 10 billion lira (3.3 billion dollars) in aid, the prime minister said Sunday.

Binali Yildirim revealed the investment scheme for 23 of the country's 81 provinces while in the south-eastern city of Diyarbakir, an area that has been hit hard by attacks, the Anadolu state news agency reported.

Turkey also plans to open 80 new factories and create 40,000 new jobs in the region, the agency reported.

Militants from the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the state resumed their decades-long conflict last year, after a ceasefire collapsed following the breakdown of peace talks.

The PKK, which regularly attacks police and military targets in the mostly Kurdish south-east, has recently intensified its activities.

Twenty Turkish soldiers have been killed in recent clashes with Kurdish militants in Van and Hakkari provinces, according to statements given by local officials over the weekend.

Last update: Sun, 04/09/2016 - 17:49
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