Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Turkey bombs positions of PKK
Smoke from bombardments rises above the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani. (Photo: Reuters)
Turkish air force bombed Kurdish fighters of the PKK who were furious over Ankara's refusal to help protect their kin in Syria on Tuesday, Reuters reprioted. The PKK accused Ankara of violating a two-year-old cease-fire with the air strikes, on the eve of a deadline set by the group's jailed leader to salvage a peace process aimed at halting a three-decades-long insurgency.
The Hürriyet daily reported Tuesday that the PKK had been attacking a military outpost in the Dağlıca region. The air operation was the most comprehensive one since the government launched what it calls the settlement process aimed at solving the decades-old Kurdish issue, the daily said. It added that the air strikes caused "major damage" to the PKK.
Hurriyet on Tuesda also reported that a total of 348 people have been detained in the past week during protests that erupted over the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's (ISIL) attacks on the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, security officials announced on Tuesday. 102 Of those detained were minors. The statement said 336 detainees were sent to court for arrest and 10 were arrested. According to the statement, among the materials seized from the suspects were 111 Molotov cocktails, two unlicensed guns and three pump rifles.
People took to the streets last Tuesday following reports that ISIL was very near to capturing the town of Kobani, which is being defended by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), a Syrian-based affiliate of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Fighting still continues in the Syrian town, which is situated very near the Turkish border.
More than 30 people have been killed during the protests, mainly in southeastern Turkey, while over 350 people -- including 139 members of security forces -- were injured. Over a thousand protestors have been detained in connection with the protests, which erupted in 35 provinces across Turkey.