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Turkey detains 740 suspected PKK members

By Rudaw 18/3/2017
Turkish troops deployed against the PKK. Photo: AA/file
Turkish troops deployed against the PKK. Photo: AA/file
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkish security forces have detained 740 suspected Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) members over the last three days, according to the Interior Ministry. 

Thirty-six operations were carried out by law enforcement officials, a ministry source told Hurriyet Daily News on condition of anonymity. In addition to the arrests, equipment and documents were sized, including one Kalashnikov, four unlicensed guns, and 14 shotguns. 

The decades-long conflict between the PKK and Turkish security forces was reignited in July 2015. Turkish forces have imposed military curfews in Kurdish areas in the southeast of the country, conducting operations it claims are against PKK guerillas. 

Rights groups and the United Nations have expressed concern that Turkey may have carried out human rights violations in its campaign. 

At least 2,585 people have been killed since July 20, 2015, according to figures from the International Crisis Group. Their numbers include Turkish state forces, PKK guerillas and their allies, and civilians. 

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Stewee Guy
Stewee Guy | 18/3/2017
Erdogan Islamic democracy in action
Brzoo Kurdi
Brzoo Kurdi | 18/3/2017
If you add all the numbers comes from Turkish government , you will see it is more than all the Kurdish populations in a all Kurdish region ....what a joke ....
duroi | 19/3/2017
Erdogan is burning Turkish bridges to the EU by this referendum and destroying the peace process with Kurds, and even if People vote yes in the referendum, it is not clear if he can win against Abdulla Gul in the next presidential elections. Putin would have focused full heartedly on EU membership if he had 10% of the EU opportunity that Erdogan has now. The problem with Erdogan is that unlike Putin and Gul, he has not lived in Western Europe and the EU democratic rules are foreign to him. Erdogan wants to play Çelik Çomak in a cricket game with EU. He needs to put the Chomak away and learn the EU rules of the Game.
Rujevit | 19/3/2017
Wow 19 guns and 740 people.
tp | 19/3/2017
Erdogan like to kill women & children
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