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Turkish army tanks fire at Kurdish militant targets

Sunday, January 03, 2016 - 01:39

Residents of Turkey's southeast Cizre district try to flee their homes as the Turkish army continues its weeks-long campaign to push out Kurdish militants from the area. Rough Cut - Subtitled (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Turkish army tanks pounded Kurdish militants on Sunday (January 3) as part of military campaign to push back the militant group in the country's southeast and locals reported a woman died after a mortar strike on her house in Sur district of Diyarbakir. The violence has plunged the predominantly Kurdish area into some of its worst violence since the 1990s following the collapse of a two-year ceasefire between the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the state. In the district of Cizre, government tanks could be seen firing on buildings thought to be holding PKK separatists. Smoke billowed from buildings under tank fire and mortars exploded in flashes on surrounding mountainsides. Local residents fled their homes, but were not sure where to seek help. "We receive artillery and mortars everyday. This girl is disabled. Her medicine is finished in our hand. We can't find medicine for her when she has seizure. We will leave the town for this but we don't know how to leave," said one resident. The PKK first took up arms in 1984 to push for greater autonomy in the southeast, and some 40,000 people have since been killed in the violence. It is designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and European Union. President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday (December 31) there would be no let-up in a military campaign that he said had killed more than 3,000 militants in the past year.

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Turkish army tanks fire at Kurdish militant targets

Sunday, January 03, 2016 - 01:39