Turkey sends in cleansing troops to Kurdish majority town

مواجهات مع الجيش التركي بديار بكر

Libyan News and Other Agencies

Explosions and gunfire resounded around the southeastern Turkish town of Cizre on Friday after a clash overnight that the army said killed six Kurdish fighters and one soldier, as a security operation there entered its 11th day.

Since a two-year ceasefire between Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and Turkey fell apart in July, the mainly Kurdish southeast has been plunged back into a three-decades-old conflict which has killed more than 40,000 people.

A helicopter clattered overhead and armored vehicles sped along a hilltop road above Cizre, near the Syrian border, as security forces pressed on with a campaign across the region involving thousands of troops, backed by tanks.

Smoke billowed from buildings hit by blasts, while streets were empty and shops shuttered.

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