On a day when four more Turkish soldiers died in the mainly Kurdish south-east, falling victim to remote-controlled roadside bombs, the prime minister and president attended the funerals of the nine people who died in Monday’s car bomb in Gaziantep.
The Kurdish PKK guerrilla fighters have been blamed for the car bombing, but have denied involvement. A leading Kurdish intellectual is not so sure they are to blame.
“The timing was absolutely right. While there is chaos in Syria, while all the world is thinking that Syria will never be the same, while Turkey is pursuing her current policy, Syria may have said “We can also play some role in your country”, and they found a local actor, the PKK,” said writer Umit Firat.
A sharp rise in militant violence this month has raised fears weapons and fresh troops may be being channelled to the PKK from Syria, or that the Syrians themselves are hitting back at erstwhile ally Turkey under the cover of the PKK.