Russia needs to involve here very fast.At least 69 Kurdish fighters and 2 Turkish officers have been killed in four days of military operations near the Syrian and Iraqi borders against the members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in southeast Turkey, military sources told Reuters.
One Turkish officer was killed in the town of Cizre and another died in clashes in Sur district in the city of Diyarbakir, the army said.
Most of the Kurdish militants killed were in the towns of Cizre and Silopi, which have predominantly Kurdish populations.
The towns are currently the focus of Ankara’s operations, where it has deployed about 10,000 troops. On Saturday, the troops were visited by the head of the armed forces, General Hulusi Akar.
Kurdish militants and politicians have accused Turkish military of turning their homes into piles of rubble.
"Are you trying to be heroic by sending six generals and 10,000 soldiers against a few PKK (members) in Cizre?" the leader of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party Selahattin Demirtas asked the government, as cited by AFP.
Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to continue the operation until the area is cleansed of Kurdish militants.
"You are cleaning whom from where? You can only clean the sewage of this country, and that's it," he said. "We are right and we will win... What the government is doing has no legal basis.”
According to Demirtas, “by conducting an operation with such an amount of forces, bombing cities, sending soldiers on the people you only show, in fact, how helpless you are.”