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PKK Fighters Claim Killing 16 Turkish Servicemen Over 48 Hours

© AFP 2023 / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE A Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters guards a post flying the PKK flag. File photo
A Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters guards a post flying the PKK flag. File photo - Sputnik International
PKK armed wing People's Defense Force (HPG) claimed that 16 Turkish soldiers were killed in clashes.

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SULAYMANIYAH (Iraq) (Sputnik) — A total of 16 Turkish troops have been killed in clashes with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters in 48 hours, the PKK armed wing People's Defense Force (HPG) said in a statement Thursday.

"Guerrilla activity in the northern [Turkish] Kurdistan continues to increase. Sixteen soldiers have been killed [in 48 hours]," the statement reads.

According to the HPG, the fighters attacked a Turkish military column in the Turkish southeastern province of Hakkari, killing two soldiers and injuring three, another four troops were killed in an assault on a garrison in the vicinity of the Hakkari's city of Yuksekova. Other clashes occurred in various location through the country's southeast.

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The Hakkari province borders Iraqi Kurdistan mountains, where PKK fighters take cover to attack Turkish forces.

Tensions between Ankara and the Kurds escalated in July 2015 as fighting between the PKK, the Kurdish pro-independence organization considered to be terrorist by Ankara, and the Turkish army resumed. Ankara has imposed several round-the-clock curfews in Kurdish-populated towns, preventing civilians from fleeing the regions, where the military operations are taking place.

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