Two Turkish troops killed in clash with
PKK rebels in Turkey's Kurdish region
August 3, 2012
Turkish troops in Semdinli town of southeastern
Hakkari province in the Kurdish region in southeastern Turkey (Northern Kurdistan). 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: DHA
SEMDINLI, The Kurdish region of Turkey, —
Two Turkish soldiers were killed and seven others
wounded Thursday in an attack by Kurdish rebels in
the Kurdish region (Northern Kurdistan) in country's
southeast, local security sources said.
Members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)
struck at a military post in Eruh town of Siirt
province, they said. A counter attack was launched
following the incident.
The wounded troops were transferred to nearby
The attack follows similar assaults in Turkey's
Kurdish dominated southeast, where at least six more
soldiers were killed during the week in separate
They come against the backdrop of a major Turkish
ground and air offensive, one of the biggest in
years, to drive out the rebels in Semdinli town of
southeastern Hakkari province on the border with
Iraqi Kurdistan region.
Turkish media reported Thursday that close to 1,000
villagers were evacuated from Semdinli town to avoid
civilian casualties, and Turkish military was
keeping the zone sealed off for security reasons.
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 as '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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