Turkish soldiers are seen during an operation against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Sirnak province, Turkey on April 13, 2016. Photo by TRT
SULAIMANI – Turkey’s interior ministry said on Thursday (April 29) two new operations against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) members were launched in the country’s southeast.
The fresh operations codenamed Eren Cudi-Besta and Eren Kazan-Ogul were launched in
Sirnak and Hakkari provinces with the participation of 5,280 security personnel, the Turkish state media Anadolu Agency reported citing the ministry.
On Friday, Turkey launched a cross-border land and air operation codenamed Operation Claw-Lightning and Claw-Thunderbolt in PKK-controlled Duhok’s Avasin, Metina and Zap areas in northern Duhok governorate.
The Turkish ministry said the new pushes are in connection with other two in northern Kurdistan Region’s Duhok governorate.
Based in the Region’s mountainous areas, PKK has taken up arms against the Turkish authorities since 1984 for Kurdish rights in the country.
Turkey launched the
first phase of Eren, named after 15-year-old Eren Bulbul, who was killed in Macka’s Trabzon province on August 11,2017 in clashes between the Turkish troops with the PKK members.
Since July 20, 2015, the conflict between Turkish security forces and the PKK has claimed more than 5,311 lives on both sides in Turkey and the Kurdistan Region, including 541 civilians, 1,279 Turkish state security members, 226 individuals of unknown affiliation and 3,265 PKK members, according to the latest data by the Belgium-based International Crisis Group.