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Turkish Military Kills Hundreds of Kurdish Rebels in Raids

© AP Photo / Cagdas ErdoganThe militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, stand at a barricade.
The militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, stand at a barricade. - Sputnik International
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Turkish armed forces killed almost 300 Kurdish militants in military operation held in three districts across the Sirnak and Diyarbakir provinces in southeastern Turkey, according to the Turkish General Staff.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Almost 300 militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) were killed in Turkey during a series of military raids, the Turkish General Staff said Saturday.

Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) MP Ertugrul Kurkcu (back L 2nd) and protesters run away as Turkish police officers use tear gas to disperse the crowd on December 31, 2015 in Diyarbakir, during a demonstration after a curfew was partially lifted from the city on December 30 - Sputnik International
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The military operation spanned three districts across the Sirnak and Diyarbakir provinces in southeastern Turkey. The majority of the provinces’ population is Kurdish.

The Turkish military said they had defused dozens of improvised explosive devices, removed roadblocks erected by PKK fighters in the Cizre and Silope districts, and destroyed a school that was allegedly used by militants for training.

The PKK group, outlawed in Turkey, has been struggling for independence of Kurdish-dominated regions in the southeast. Kurdish rebels seek to create a sovereign state in territories belonging to Turkey, Iraq and Syria.

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