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Clashes follow funerals in Turkey

Monday, July 27, 2015 - 01:20

Protesters and police clash in south-eastern Turkey after the funeral of a man killed during a demonstration against military strikes on Kurdish targets. Paul Chapman reports.

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These were the scenes in the Turkish province of Cizre (pron: Jizz-ray) on Sunday night The clashes erupted after the funeral of a man killed during a protest against military strikes on Kurdistan Workers Party camps. Turkish forces have carried out strikes following attacks on the police and the military. The campaign could jeopardise Turkey's peace process with the party that began in 2012 after 28 years of bloodshed. Violence in the largely Kurdish south-east has been escalating since a suspected Islamic State suicide bomber killed 32 people. Kurdish militants accuse the Turkish government of covertly supporting Islamic State against Kurds in Syria, a charge it denies. There was further violence in Istanbul after the funeral of a woman killed by police during a raid on an extreme-left political party. A police officer was killed when gunfire erupted. Simultaneous raids on the outlawed Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front were carried out in 22 provinces on Friday. As jets continued to pound Kurdish targets again on Sunday Turkey called for a special NATO meeting to talk about its security worries. That meeting is due to take place on Tuesday.

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Clashes follow funerals in Turkey

Monday, July 27, 2015 - 01:20