Mortar attacks on military base in southeastern Turkey

Turkish General Staff release statement saying outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party targeted military base with two mortar attacks in Turkey’s southeastern province of Hakkari

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

According to a statement released by the Turkish General Staff on Monday, the outlawed PKK attacked Daglica military base, close to the Iraqi border, with two mortars and anti-aircraft weapons in Turkey’s southeastern province of Hakkari.

The statement said there were no casualties in the incident, adding that the stationed military unit retaliated to the militant attacks immediately.

Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its southeastern regions by the PKK, which was founded in 1974 by Abdullah Ocalan - the currently imprisoned leader of the militant organisation. Armed conflict and acts of violence have continued on and off for more than 30 years, and claimed more than 40,000 lives.

A peace process was initiated by the AK Party government in 2012 and the majority of the efforts of the process have been aimed at resolving the armed conflict between the PKK and the government.

Along the way, the process experienced ups and downs as the deputies of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) often visited Ocalan to conduct negotiations between the sides.

The party also used this position to threaten the government over the possible violence which could occur if they were unable to pass Turkey’s 10 percent electoral threshold in the June 7 elections. However, it passed the electoral threshold on Sunday, gaining 13 percent of the vote and entering the parliament as a political party for the first time.

The clashes came  a ceasefire between the PKK and the Turkish military as a result of the peace process.

It was thought that the PKK might have stopped its armed attacks if the HDP passed the 10-percent electoral threshold, but the recent attack suggests the opposite.

TRTWorld and agencies