Diyarbakır, Aug 20 () - Turkish fighter jets hit outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) bases on the border with Iraq late Aug. 19 after eight soldiers were killed in a blast in the southeastern province of Siirt.
F-16 jets which took off from the Diyarbakır 8th Main Jet Base hit PKK bases in the town of Karaçalı on the border with Iraq for around an hour late Aug. 19.
The airstrikes came soon after Turkey was shaken with the reports of an attack in Siirt.
An official ceremony was held for eight soldiers who were killed in an explosion caused by a remotely detonated bomb placed on the road linking Siirt to its district of Pervari during the passing of a military patrolling convoy at around 2:10 p.m. on Aug. 19.
A 21-year-old man was killed amid clashes between the outlawed Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H) and security forces in the southeastern province of Şırnak’s İdil district late Aug. 19.
Cabbar Acar, who was working as a pumper at a gasoline station in İdil, was allegedly shot by police firing from an armored personnel carrier as he was leaving a relative’s house. He was gravely injured and succumbed to his injured in hospital.
Shop owners in the town who came to work in the morning kept their shops closed after learning that police had killed Acar.
Also on Aug. 19, police in Mardin allegedly shot dead another youth, 19-year-old Ali Akpınar, during protests against heavy-handed action by the security forces in the southeast.
Police were accused of blocking the passage of an ambulance to the scene for four hours.
“Enough. Our home is in mourning, may [President Tayyip] Erdoğan’s house also be in mourning” said the youth’s father, Mehmet Akpınar, who encouraged media organizations to film him next to his son’s blood coagulating on the road.
“For the love of God, a human would send an ambulance. May God not be pleased with you, Erdoğan. You sprayed bullets at a youth and murdered him. Fear God,” he said.