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Violence in Diyarbakir as Turkish crackdown on PKK continues

Turkish security forces have clashed with protesters in the mainly Kurdish south east of the country. The violence comes a day after Turkish

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Violence in Diyarbakir as Turkish crackdown on PKK continues

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Turkish security forces have clashed with protesters in the mainly Kurdish south east of the country.

The violence comes a day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the Kurdistan Workers Party fighters would be “annihilated.”


Thousands gathered in Diyarbakir, the regions largest city, to protest against the Turkish crackdown in the towns Silopi and Cizre.

The demonstration comes as authorities announced that 54 Kurdish fighters have been killed in three days of urban fighting.

Turkey placed Silopi and Cizre under curfew on Monday and deployed 10,000 troops, backed by tanks to the region.

A PKK ceasefire collapsed in July reviving a three decade conflict that has left 40,000 people dead.