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 Kurdish PKK rebels claim killing 30 Turkish soldiers in severe clashes

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Kurdish PKK rebels claim killing 30 Turkish soldiers in severe clashes  26.7.2012 

The PKK demanded Turkey's recognition of the Kurds' identity in its constitution and of their language as a native language along with Turkish in the country's Kurdish areas, the party also demanded an end to ethnic discrimination in Turkish laws and constitution against Kurds, ranting them full political freedoms. Photo: AFP - UKS
Severe clashes between PKK forces and Turkish army in Şemdinli

July 26,

DIYARBAKIR, The Kurdish region of Turkey, — Fighters of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) managed to kill at least 30 Turkish soldiers in Şemdinli district of the Kurdish Hakkari province in Turkey's Kurdistan in the last three days, Firat ANF news agency reported.

The source cited a statement by the People's Defense Forces (HPG), the military wing of PKK, as saying four guerrillas also died in the intensive bombardments of the area by Turkish army.

The statement said the soldiers were killed in confrontations following two guerrilla actions in the area on July 23.

It added Turkish army exploited warplanes, cobra helicopters, howitzers and mortal artilleries to bombard the PKK fighters.

Fighters were also able to shoot down one Skorsky copter and damage two others in the region of Şiteza in Yüksekova, according to PKK statement.

In a separate clash between PKK and army on July 24 in Özalp of Van province one more soldier was killed.

Meanwhile the Turkish officials said on Wednesday that the security forces killed at least 15 Kurdish PKK rebels in a raid near the country's border with Iraq's Kurdistan region after tracking them with drones and attacking them with helicopters and on the ground, Reuters reported.

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.

But now its aim is the creation an autonomous 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.

The PKK wants constitutional recognition for the Kurds, regional self-governance and Kurdish-language education in schools.

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, 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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