Reuters - Video

Edition: US | UK | IN | CN | JP

video Top News

Staying behind in Cizre as Turkey conflict continues

Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 01:18

Turkish army tanks continue to target Kurdish militants near the southeastern town of Cizre, as some flee the violence while others choose to stay behind. Rough Cut - Subtitled (no reporter narration).

▲ Hide Transcript

View Transcript

ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Turkish tanks continued to pound Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in the southeastern town of Cizre on Saturday (January 16) as dozens of citizens left their homes, fleeing the violence. Plumes of smoke rose from buildings as explosions echoed around the heavily damaged town near the Iraqi border. A group of residents, one boy carrying a white flag, left the town. Others formed a long queue outside a bakery to buy bread. Violence in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast has escalated since a two-year ceasefire collapsed in July between the state and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group, which has been fighting for three decades for Kurdish autonomy. On Friday (January 15), 16 PKK militants were killed in security operations in southeast town of Cizre and Diyarbakir's Sur district, the Turkish military said in a statement posted on their website on Saturday (January 16). Around 560 Kurdish militants have been killed since December 14, in security operations carried out in Sirnak's Cizre and Silopi towns as well as Diyarbakir's Sur district, the statement added. Hundreds of soldiers, thousands of insurgents and an estimated 170 civilians have died since Turkey's three-decade-long conflict with the PKK started again in July. The fighting has moved to urban centers as security forces try to root out PKK militants who have dug trenches and erected barricades to protect weapon caches that authorities say they have been storing during a 2-1/2-year ceasefire. More than 40,000 people, mainly Kurds, have been killed since the PKK, who want to establish an autonomous state, took up arms in 1984. Some 15 million Kurds live in Turkey's southeast, bordering Syria and Iraq.

Press CTRL+C (Windows), CMD+C (Mac), or long-press the URL below on your mobile device to copy the code

Staying behind in Cizre as Turkey conflict continues

Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 01:18