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Kurds clash with Turkish police


Kurdish protesters clashed on Saturday with police in southeastern Turkey as tensions remained high following a deadly airstrike which mistakenly killed 35 civilians.

Analysts said the scuffles highlighted the deep mistrust between the Turkish state and large segments of the ethnic Kurd minority.

The attack has undermined efforts by the Turkish government to address long-standing grievances within the Kurd population.

More than 30 people were arrested in

the city of Urfa.

In Istanbul, a similar demonstration to denounce the attack was quieter.

Protesters waved banners, one said ‘Kurdish people won’t obey’.

Wednesday’s airstrike by F16 jets took place over northern Iraq where Kurdish rebels are known to hide.

The same area is used by fuel and cigarette smugglers.

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