Turkish jets hit PKK targets in Turkey, northern Iraq

Turkish General Staff says hideouts and underground ammunition depots were destroyed

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish jets carried out airstrikes early Sunday on several targets in Turkey and northern Iraq, where the outlawed PKK has mountain bases, military sources said.

According to a statement issued by the Turkish General Staff, nine F-16 fighter jets hit hideouts and underground ammunition depots belonging to the PKK in the mountainous areas of Metina and Qandil as well as in the towns of Sina and Haftanin in northern Iraq.

The statement said that two F-4 2020 fighter jets also struck 11 targets in the southeastern province of Hakkari.

The PKK -- designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and EU -- unilaterally ended a two-year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11 and along with its umbrella organisation, KCK, renewed its armed campaign against the Turkish state.

The number of security officials killed in PKK terror attacks has risen to 133 since then.

In response, the Turkish government has been conducting an extensive anti-terrorism effort by bombing PKK camps at home and in northern Iraq, including the Qandil Mountain, and by striking ISIS targets in Syria.