Violence escalates in the southeastern town of Cizre as Kurdish pro-PKK protesters clash with riot police. Natasha Howitt reports.
This was the scene of yet another night of clashes between Turkish police and supporters of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, also known as the PKK. The clashes in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeastern town of Cizre saw the exchange of petrol bombs and smoke grenades. A bulldozer used by the pro-PKK protesters to erect barricades to block security forces was soon engulfed in flames. Violence has recently escalated in the region - jeopardizing an already fragile peace process - after the PKK accused Turkey of violating a 2013 ceasefire. On July 24, Turkey's military launched an air campaign against PKK camps in northern Iraq. A state-run news agency says 260 militants were killed, including senior PKK figures. The PKK is a designated terrorist group by Ankara, the United States and the European Union.