Turkish military: 12 PKK members killed in southeast

Published January 17th, 2016 - 04:30 GMT

Turkish security forces killed 12 PKK militants in the southeastern district of Cizre, the military said in a statement Sunday.

The Turkish General Staff said Saturday’s deaths in Cizre, on the Syrian border, were among 320 PKK members killed in the town since operations were launched across southeast Turkey on Dec. 15.

On Tuesday, the military said 578 PKK militants had been killed since the start of operations in five districts in the provinces of Diyarbakir, Sirnak and Mardin.

In Kilis, the southeastern province that borders Syrian territory controlled by Daesh, the military said seven foreigners, including two children, were detained while trying to enter Turkey illegally. They are believed to be supporters of Daesh, the statement added.

The PKK resumed its 30-year armed campaign against the Turkish state in late July last year. Since then, more than 200 members of Turkey's security forces and thousands of PKK fighters have been killed in operations across Turkey and northern Iraq.

By Can Erözden

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