Seventeen PKK militants are killed in clashes with Turkish security forces in mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
The sound of warfare in Cizre. It's a relentless campaign. Violence in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast has escalated after a two-year ceasefire between the state and the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, collapsed in July. The PKK is deemed a terrorist group by Ankara, the United States, and European Union. Turkey says it killed 17 PKK militants Sunday. Warfare is becoming part of everyday life. People wait in long lines to get bread, seeking safety and rushing home afterwards Elsewhere in southeast Turkey, riot police disperse pro-Kurdish demonstrators on the street in protest against the killing of 12 Kurdish militants in a grisly raid in the province of Van. Acting on a tip-off, Turkish security forces on Sunday raided a house in the city, north of the borders with Syria and Iraq. Thousands have left their homes. Residents complain about indiscriminate operations and say curfews have even prevented the sick from getting to hospital. The Turkish military has given death tolls for soldiers and PKK militants, but not for civilians.