Turkey’s army is using heavy weapons and helicopter gunships in a fight against members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, that’s continuing for a 10th day in a southeastern town, Radikal newspaper reported.
The fighting has forced 60 families to flee their homes in the area around Semdinli, the Istanbul-based newspaper said today in a report from the region.
Radikal earlier quoted Semdinli Mayor Sedat Tore as saying the battle had turned into a “war,” as the PKK had established positions in the town and wasn’t retreating.
The PKK, which has been fighting the Turkish state for Kurdish autonomy since 1984, is classified as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union.
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