Kurdish rebels and Turkish army trade deadly attacks
May 18, 2016
At least five soldiers and 10 rebels have died during intensified fighting in southeastern Turkey in the past 48 hours. The two sides traded roadside bombings and airstrikes, as both sides dig in for a prolonged fight.
Fighting in southeast Turkey is intensifying as both the Turkish army and rebel Kurdish fighters claimed deadly attacks on Wednesday.
Kurdish militants killed four Turkish soldiers and injured nine more - four of them seriously - when a roadside bomb exploded as their military convoy drove past.
Shortly after news of the PKK attack, Turkey's state-run news agency reported that Turkish fighter jets had killed 10 Kurdish rebels. Citing a military source, the Anadolu Agency reported Wednesday afternoon that the air strike occurred on Monday.
It is unclear why news of the Turkish attack took two days to filter out.
Deadly attacks in Hakkari province
Both attacks occurred in the southeastern province of Hakkari. The PKK attack on the Turkish soldiers occurred 45 miles (70 km) from the town of Semdinli, near the Iraqi border. It's unclear where, exactly, the Turkish attack on the Kurdish rebels occurred.
Earlier in the day PKK rebels killed another Turkish soldier in the town of Nusaybin, near the Syrian border - 310 miles (500 km) away. The city of 100,000 people has been under a round-the-clock curfew for more than two months as security forces battle militants.
Turkey's army has been battling the PKK in the southeast of the country since the collapse of a 2-year-old ceasefire in July 2015. The renewed fighting has claimed thousands of lives, including 450 Turkish soldiers.