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    Woman walk next to ruined houses and shops on March 8, 2016 during International Women's day in Cizre district. Residents of Cizre in southeastern Turkey began returning home Wednesday after authorities partially lifted a curfew in place since December for a controversial operation against Kurdish rebels which left many homes destroyed.

    Turkish Soldier, 28 Kurdish Militants Killed in Clashes in Southeast Turkey

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    One Turkish serviceman and 28 Kurdish militants died in the past 24 hours in the conflict that has been raging in Turkey’s Kurdish-dominated southeast since summer, the country’s General Staff said Sunday.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) — The standoff between the Turkish government and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) began last summer after a ceasefire broke down. PKK has been fighting for Kurdish independence from Ankara since 1984. The group, which Turkey considers to be a terrorist organization, seeks to create a Kurdish state in parts of Turkey and Iraq.

    "Today, our brother-in-arms was gravely wounded in fight with members of a separatist terrorist group in Sirnak and succumbed to his injuries in hospital," the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces said in a statement.

    It added that 13 "terrorists" were wiped out in Sirnak, nine in Nusaybin and six in Yuksekova, all Kurdish-populated cities in the southeast of Turkey where the military imposed a round-the-clock curfew earlier on Sunday.

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