Turkey has been engaged in a war against the PKK for months now, but really picked up the pace in the past week, imposing full-scale curfews on Kurdish towns in the southeast, and engaging in increasingly indiscriminate shelling and sniper fire against those population centers.
The past week, according to rights groups, has seen about 200 rebels killed, along with 150 slain civilians. This sort of huge civilian toll is only adding to opposition Kurdish groups who were previously peaceful but are increasingly endorsing the rebellion as just resistance.
The Erdogan government has ruled out allowing the Kurds or anyone else carving an independent state out of Turkish soil, but as the fighting grows so too do the calls for self-rule in Kurdistan, and less and less faith in Turkey ever treating the Kurdish minority equitably.
Rights groups are warning that there are likely to be further precipitous rises in civilian deaths as the offensive continues, as curfewed towns are left without electricity, running water or food shipments, and anyone who goes outside to seek medical help or for any other reason becomes an instant military target.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- EU Digital Chief to Reject US Demand to Ban Huawei - March 25th, 2019
- Report: Saudi Airstrikes Kill at Least 50 Houthis in Yemen's Maarib Province - March 25th, 2019
- North Korea Believes Trump Was Open to Easing Sanctions at Hanoi Summit - March 25th, 2019
- North Korean Staff Returns to Liaison Office After Friday Withdrawal - March 25th, 2019
- US Envoy Says ISIS Fight in Syria Will Continue Even Without ISIS Holding Territory - March 25th, 2019