Thousands of Turks took to the streets in several cities to denounce the attacks by Kurdish rebels. There were clashes in Erzurum as police tried to hold back protestors from entering a Kurdish neighbourhood. Around 40 Turkish troops have been killed in the past month alone and frustration is growing.
Ankara blames the PKK for the deaths of more than 30-thousand people since the group launched its armed campaign in 1984. Feelings are running high too among Kurds. Around 2,000 Kurdish protestors gathered in a northern Iraqi border city to demonstrate against the threatened Turkish incursion.