Thousands of people have rallied in several Turkish towns and cities to condemn an attack by Kurdish separatists that killed 24 soldiers and wounded dozens more.
In the capital Ankara the prime minister said a military offensive had begun against PKK militants in northern Iraq in revenge for the attack, one of the deadliest on the Turkish army in years.
‘‘During the PKK’s attacks the number of Turkish flags sold is going up,” said a market stall holder. “We are sorry but this is a fact.”
“This problem needs to be sorted out as soon as possible. We don’t know actually what PKK want. How far this will go on with people using guns? I don’t know,” said a woman.
Turkish government and opposition leaders attended the funeral of a soldier killed in the PKK attack.
In response Turkey says its forces have killed 21 rebel fighters in an air-backed ground operation in northern Iraq. Several thousand soldiers are involved.
The three-decaded old conflict has claimed some 45,000 lives.