The coffins of Turkish soldiers, who were killed in an attack carried out by members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), are diplayed at a military airport. (file photo)
At least two Turkish soldiers have been killed and ten others injured in violent clashes between members of the banned Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) and government troops in southeastern Turkey.
The Sunday clashes erupted during an operation staged by the Turkish army against a group of PKK members who blocked a road in Hakkari Province five days ago.
Fighting, including bombardment with helicopters and war planes, was still underway on the southern fringe of the town of Semdinli, near Turkey's borders with Iraq.
Town mayor Sedat Tore said that six villages had been evacuated and up to 1,000 people had fled the area.
Turkey launched a large-scale air and land offensive against the armed separatists in October in the southeast of the country and in northern Iraq after 24 of its troops were killed in an overnight terrorist attack.
In December, Turkish air strikes killed 34 Kurdish smugglers, mostly teenagers, near the Iraqi border when commanders mistook them for PKK militants.
Tens of thousands of people have lost their lives since PKK terrorists embarked on an armed struggle against Ankara in 1984 in a quest to form an independent Kurdish state in southeastern Turkey.
The Kurdistan Workers’ Party is listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international communities, including Turkey, Iran, the European Union, and the United States.