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Turkish Soldier, Six PKK Militants Killed in Shootout in Turkey’s Southeast

© AFP 2021 / ILYAS AKENGINTurkish masked plain clothes police officer patrols a street during a clash between Kurdish activists and Turkish police in the historical Sur district on December 24,2015 in Diyarbakir
Turkish masked plain clothes police officer patrols a street during a clash between Kurdish activists and Turkish police in the historical Sur district on December 24,2015 in Diyarbakir - Sputnik International
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One Turkish soldier and six members of of the outlawed in Turkey Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) were killed and two more Turkish soldiers were injured during operation against PKK in town of Cizre in the Turkish Sirnak province.

ANKARA (Sputnik) — One Turkish soldier and six militants of the outlawed in Turkey Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) died in a fire fight in the town of Cizre, in the southeastern Turkish Sirnak province, the Turkish General Staff said Friday.

Earlier, Turkish authorities imposed a curfew in a number of southeastern settlements most affected by the armed clashes between Ankara forces and PKK militants. Some 1.3 million civilians reportedly live in the area, however, the country’s Interior Ministry said that over 100,000 of them have fled their homes due the to the ongoing violence.

Riot police fire tear gas to disperse demonstrators during a protest against the curfew in Sur district, in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey, December 14, 2015 - Sputnik International
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"On December 24, during an anti-terrorist operation in Cizre, a fire fight broke out, in which three of our soldiers were injured. They were immediately taken to a hospital, one died of injuries despite treatment. The others do not have life-threatening injuries. Six terrorists were neutralized in the clashes," a statement on the General Staff’s website reads.

The security situation in Turkey deteriorated in the summer, when 33 Kurdish activists were killed in a suicide bombing in Suruc and two Turkish policemen were later murdered by the PKK, which led Ankara to launch a military campaign against the group.

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