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 Turkish Skorsky helicopter shot down by Kurdish PKK rebels: PKK

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Turkish Skorsky helicopter shot down by Kurdish PKK rebels: PKK  19.6.2012  

The Turkish army operation expanding in Dağlıca region. Photo:
June 19, 2012

DIYARBAKIR, The Kurdish region of Turkey, — According to information received from Kurdistan Workers' Party PKK sources, one skorsky type helicopter was shot down by guerrillas and two others were damaged and drawn away from the clashes area in Dağlıca (Oremar) region of Hakkari, the in southeastern Turkey (Northern Kurdistan), ANF news agency reported.

As details come up concerning PKK guerrillas’ attack on a Turkish military base of Derecik Internal Security Battalion Command at early hours on Tuesday, many Turkish soldiers are reported dead in clashes that are still continuing in the area.

Eight Turkish soldiers and 10 Kurdish PKK rebels were killed early Tuesday in clashes in southeast Turkey, the local governor's office said, cited by AFP.

Heavy weapons like rocket launchers were used in PKK guerrillas’ simultaneous attacks which targeted several mobile posts as well as three battalion commands in Dağlıca region, reported PKK sources and noted that over 20 Turkish soldiers were killed in the attack on Yeşiltaş (Şitazin) military post.

It was also remarked that the bodies of many dead soldiers cannot be taken out of the area as clashes still continue.

Local sources have reported on Tuesday that more than 30 Turkish soldiers died in the attack on the military post in the village of Yeşiltaş where soldiers opened fire on people after the attack, wounding one villager.

The PKK has several times proposed peaceful solutions regarding Kurdish problem, Turkey has always refused saying that it will not negotiate with “terrorists”.

Since it was established in 1984, the PKK has been fighting the Turkish state, which still denies the constitutional existence of Kurds, to establish a Kurdish state in the south east of the country, sparking a conflict that has claimed some 45,000 lives.

But now its aim is the creation an autonomous Kurdish region and more cultural rights for ethnic Kurds who constitute the greatest minority in Turkey, numbering more than 20 million. A large Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.

PKK's demands included releasing PKK detainees, lifting the ban on education in Kurdish, paving the way for an autonomous democrat Kurdish system within Turkey, reducing pressure on the detained PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, stopping military action against the Kurdish party and recomposing the Turkish constitution.

Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population as a distinct minority. It has allowed some cultural rights such as limited broadcasts in the Kurdish language and private Kurdish language courses with the prodding of the European Union, but Kurdish politicians say the measures fall short of their expectations.

The PKK is considered as 'terrorist' organization by Ankara and U.S. The PKK continues to be on the blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which overturned a decision to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its political wing on the European Union's terror list. 

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