Kurds clash with police in Istanbul

11 Jul

On Saturday, hundreds of Kurdish people marched in the streets of Istanbul to support the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and protest the killing of twelve PKK militants in clashes with the Turkish army last week. No casualties were reported on either side.

Four Turkish security forces were killed in clashes on July 1 that broke out near the town of Pervari in Siirt province in the southeast of the country.

In recent months, the PKK has launched a number of attacks on military installations in the southeast, which have left over 50 Turkish soldiers dead.

And last Thursday, Kurdish militants attacked a police station in the town of Varto in Mus province of eastern Turkey, wounding four officers, an army source said on Friday.

The PKK militants launch their attacks from the Qandil Mountains in the areas under the control of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani. Israel and Israeli firms also operate in the Qandil mountain range.

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