Turkey says 33 Kurdish rebels killed in security operations
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, April 16 (AFP) - 19h03 - A total of 33 Kurdish rebels have been killed this month by Turkish security forces during operations in southeastern Turkey, the regional government of Sirnak said Saturday.
The security forces, which had air support during the operations, discovered several arms caches containing rifles, ammunition and explosives, it said in a statement.
Four members of the security forces and 21 rebels of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) were killed in the latest clash on Thursday in the mountainous region between the provinces of Sirnak and Siirt.
The PKK waged a bloody campaign for self-rule in south-eastern Turkey between 1984 and 1999. The conflict claimed more than 36,000 lives and was the source of accusations of gross human rights violations on both sides.
The PKK declared a unilateral ceasefire in 1999 after its leader Abdullah Ocalan was captured and tried in Turkey, but it called off the truce last year, raising tensions in the region.