ANKARA: Turkish warplanes hit the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) positions in southeastern Turkey and Northern Iraq, military sources said Sunday.
Airstrikes killed at least 20 militants in the Yuksekova district, southeastern Hakkari province and destroyed several PKK positions in the Lice district of Diyarbakir province on Saturday, according to the sources.
In another operation in Northern Iraq, Turkish air force pounded PKK bases in the Avasin, Qandil and Gara areas.
On Friday, air attacks killed 20 PKK operatives in Hakkari’s Semdinli district, the source added. Hakkari lies in Turkey’s far southeast, bordered by Iraq and Iran.
In neighboring province Sirnak, a PKK member was killed and a village guard wounded in fighting late Saturday. The guard died in hospital Sunday.
Turkey’s military operation against the PKK intensified since last summer when the group declared an end to cease-fire with government and resumed attacks on security forces.
The PKK was listed as a terrorist organization by the European Union and the United States. More than 5,000 terrorists have been killed in the past few months. NNI