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Ten killed in fighting with Kurdish militants

Friday, November 13, 2015 - 01:15

Turkish soldiers continue operations against PKK rebels in the latest eruption of violence in the town of Silvan. Natasha Howitt reports.

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Ten people have been killed in fighting between Turkish soldiers and Kurdish militants during the latest flashpoint in the country's mainly Kurdish southeast. Five of those were members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, also known as the PKK, who want autonomy for the country's large Kurdish minority. Here, Turkish soldiers move through the streets of Diyarbakir's deserted Silvan neighbourhoods. According to the city governor, the PKK have dug trenches, erected barriers and planted explosives. A round-the-clock curfew has been in place since November 2. In Diyarbakir city, protesters are calling for it to be lifted. On November 5, the PKK ended a month-old truce, just four days after a general election was won by President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party. Erdogan has vowed to fight the PKK until all militants are "liquidated". Hundreds of people have been killed since a two-year ceasefire broke down in July. More than 40,000 have been killed since the conflict began, most of them Kurdish militants. The PKK took up arms against the state in 1984. It is listed as a terrorist organisation by Ankara, the United States and the European Union.

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Ten killed in fighting with Kurdish militants

Friday, November 13, 2015 - 01:15