Ankara has imposed several round-the-clock curfews in Kurdish-populated towns, preventing civilians from fleeing the regions where the military operations are taking place.
"During the air operations, strikes against the separatist terrorist organization's [PKK] positions designated in advance in Hakkari province and in [Northern Iraq] areas of Basyan, Gara, Hakurk, Zap, Metina, were carried out. Terrorist hideouts and their air defense emplacements were destroyed," the statement reads.
On Saturday, the PKK armed wing the People's Defense Force (HPG) claimed responsibility for downing a Turkish military helicopter in Hakkari a day before. Both pilots were killed. The Turkish General Staff said the crash had taken place due to a technical malfunction.