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More than 11,000 teachers in Turkey's south east have been suspended over suspected support of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), state new agency Anadolu reported Thursday, just over a week before the start of a new school year.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim warned ealier that the suspensions were coming, saying that the government suspected that 14,000 teachers were "connected to terror."

South-eastern Turkey has seen the worst violence in two decades since a ceasefire between the outlawed PKK and the government broke down in July 2015.

The measure comes after nearly 130,000 public employees were sacked in recent weeks, as the government continues its purge of public services following a failed coup attempt in July.

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

The conflict has been ongoing for more than three decades, with the PKK demanding greater autonomy for the Kurdish minority in Turkey, which has long complained of discrimination.

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