Turkish strikes kill and injure hundreds of PKK fighters


Kurdish fighters of the PKK. File photo

ARA News

Urfa, Turkey – The recent Turkish airstrikes on positions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq has killed more than 390 fighters and injured 400 others, a Turkish security source reported. 

Among the PKK casualties were at least five commanders.

The Turkish Anadolu news agency quoted Turkish intelligence sources saying that the PKK death tolls included 30 female fighters.

“So far 390 terrorists (in reference to PKK fighters) have been rendered incapable of causing harm and another 400 have been injured, with 150 suffering serious injuries,” the source said. 

In the past two weeks, Turkish air forces hit PKK camps in Bukriskan, Zerkeli and Inzeh in northern Iraq.

Leadership of the Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq said in a statement last week that the Turkish strikes caused several casualties among civilians, demanding Turkey to stop its strikes on the Region.

On Friday, heavy clashes took place between Turkish army forces and fighters of the PKK in the southern city of Silopi in Şırnak province. 

“Our fighters targeted the Turkish armored vehicles when they started to destroy our centers in Silopi, which led to fierce clashes amid intervention of the Turkish air force,” a PKK fighter told ARA News on the condition of anonymity.

The Turkish state agency DHA reported the removal of several sand barriers that have been installed by PKK fighters in the city of Silopi, adding that the clashes caused the death of three Turkish police forces and the injury of sever others.

Reporting by: Jan Nasro 

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