Turkey strikes PKK targets in southeastern Turkey, northern Iraq

Published June 22nd, 2016 - 07:30 GMT
Turkish fighter jets hit PKK targets Monday night. (AFP/file)
Turkish fighter jets hit PKK targets Monday night. (AFP/file)

Turkish fighter jets hit PKK targets in southeastern Turkey and in northern Iraq on late Monday, the military said.

The Turkish Air Forces carried out airstrikes in the Qandil, Sinat and Haftanin regions of northern Iraq between 10:00 and 11:00 p.m. [1900-2000 GMT], according to a statement issued by the Turkish General Staff on Tuesday.

The airstrikes in northern Iraq destroyed five PKK targets, including shelters, hideouts, and ammunition dumps, said the statement.

Turkish jets also carried out separate air strikes in Turkey's southeastern province of Diyarbakir. They were conducted between 9:00 and 9:40 p.m. on Monday [1800-1840GMT], destroying 11 targets in the rural Lice district, including shelters, hideouts, and gun emplacements, the military added.

The  30-year conflict between the PKK and the Turkish state was resumed in July 2015, after a ceasefire collapsed.

Since then, nearly 600 Turkish security personnel, including troops, police officers and village guards have been killed. More than 5,000 PKK fighters have been killed in operations across Turkey and northern Iraq.

By Selma Kasap

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material

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