ISTANBUL: Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency is reporting that an aerial operation against Kurdish rebels in the mainly Kurdish southeast of the country has killed 13 Kurdish militants.
It says F-16 fighters were dispatched on Sunday after intelligence that members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, were operating in the countryside around Siirt province.
Turkish forces have been fighting the PKK for decades, with armed clashes resuming after a 2½-year cease-fire collapsed in mid-2015.
A truck driver was reportedly killed in the southeastern province of Hakkari on Monday after the PKK detonated an improvised device that had been planted on the roadside, Anadolu said. Security forces have begun an operation in the area against those responsible.