Four more Kurdish PKK rebels killed in
Turkey, bringing the death toll to 32
By Ekurd.net staff writers
PKK says over a 100 Turkish
soldiers died in Hakkari in last clashes.
A helicopter flies over a military station in the
Yuksekova mountains in Hakkari in the Kurdish region
of Turkey, on June 19, 2012. The
PKK demanded Turkey's recognition of the Kurds'
identity in its constitution and of their language
as a native language along with Turkish in the
country's Kurdish areas,
the party also demanded an end to
ethnic discrimination in Turkish laws and
constitution against Kurds, ranting them full
political freedoms. Photo: AFP
June 20, 2012
ANKARA, — Turkey's military Wednesday
shot dead four more Kurdish PKK rebels in ongoing
clashes in the Kurdish region southeastern Turkey
(northern Kurdistan), bringing the death toll to 32,
reported the Anatolia news agency quoting local
Fighting between Turkish soldiers and Kurdish rebels
erupted early Tuesday when a group of
rebels attacked on an army post in the Yuksekova
town in Hakkari province near the border with
Kurdistan region of Iraq, said Anatolia.
The ongoing clashes have so far left eight soldiers
and 24 PKK rebels dead, and wounded another 19
Turkish soldiers, it added.
In a statement on PKK forces’ attacks on military
bases in Şemdinli and Yüksekova districts of Hakkari,
PKK Press Office HPG-BIM reported that 109 Turkish
soldiers died and 100 others were wounded in clashes
which started on 19 July morning and still continue
in some areas with the support of war planes, cobra
helicopters and howitzers, ANF news agency reported.
HPG-BIM stated that four skorsky helicopters were
down and nine others were damaged in
clashes which claimed the lives of 15 guerrillas.
The names of killed guerrillas will be declared
soon, added HPG-BIM.
In Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s statements on PKK
attacks and the operation in the area, Turkish
authorities claimed that eight soldiers were killed
and 19 were wounded while over 20 guerrillas died in
Ground troops and combat helicopters were pursuing
the assailants, media reported.
This mountainous region of Turkey is often the scene
of clashes between security forces and Kurdish
who escalate their attacks in the summer months.
Turkish warplanes generally bomb PKK hideouts in
retaliation for attacks on troops.
The PKK has several times proposed peaceful solutions regarding Kurdish problem,
Turkey has always refused saying that it will not negotiate with “terrorists”.
Since it was established in 1984, the PKK has been
fighting the Turkish state, which still denies the
constitutional existence of Kurds, to establish a
Kurdish state in the south east of the country, sparking a conflict that has claimed some 45,000
But now its aim is the creation an autonomous
and more cultural rights for ethnic Kurds who
constitute the greatest minority in Turkey,
numbering more than 20 million. A large Turkey's
Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.
PKK's demands included releasing PKK detainees,
lifting the ban on education in Kurdish, paving the
way for an autonomous democrat Kurdish system within
Turkey, reducing pressure on the detained PKK leader
Abdullah Öcalan, stopping military action against
the Kurdish party and recomposing the Turkish
Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population
as a distinct minority. It has allowed some cultural
rights such as limited broadcasts in the Kurdish
language and private Kurdish language courses with
the prodding of the European Union, but Kurdish
politicians say the measures fall short of their
The PKK is considered as 'terrorist' organization by
Ankara and U.S. The PKK continues to be on the
blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which
overturned a decision
to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its
political wing on the European Union's terror list.
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