Kurdish PKK rebels claim killing 30
Turkish soldiers in severe clashes
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 - UKS
Severe clashes between PKK
forces and Turkish army in Şemdinli
July 26, 2012
DIYARBAKIR, The Kurdish
region of Turkey, — Fighters of the Kurdistan
Workers' Party (PKK) managed to kill at least 30
Turkish soldiers in Şemdinli district of the Kurdish
Hakkari province in Turkey's Kurdistan in the last
three days, Firat ANF news agency reported.
The source cited a statement by the People's Defense
Forces (HPG), the military wing of PKK, as saying
four guerrillas also died in the intensive
bombardments of the area by Turkish army.
The statement said the soldiers were killed in
confrontations following two guerrilla actions in
the area on July 23.
It added Turkish army exploited warplanes, cobra
helicopters, howitzers and mortal artilleries to
bombard the PKK fighters.
Fighters were also able to shoot down one Skorsky
copter and damage two others in the region of Şiteza
according to PKK statement.
In a separate clash between PKK and army on July 24
in Özalp of Van province one more soldier was
Meanwhile the Turkish officials said on Wednesday
that the security forces
killed at least 15 Kurdish PKK rebels
in a raid near the country's border with Iraq's
Kurdistan region after tracking them with drones and
attacking them with helicopters and on the ground,
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.
But now its aim is the creation an autonomous region 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
The PKK wants constitutional recognition for the Kurds, regional
self-governance and Kurdish-language education in schools.
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 constitution.
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 ass 'terrorist' organization by
Ankara, 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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