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.