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article imageKurdish PKK calls for uprising after deadly Turkish air strike

By Katerina Nikolas     Dec 30, 2011 in World
The Kurdish insurgency in Turkey has been further aroused by Wednesday's military blunder. 35 young Kurdish smugglers were killed by military forces who mistakenly thought they were militant PKK members planning to attack security bases.
The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) called from Kurds in Turkey to stage an uprising following the mass killing of 35 Kurds in a Turkish military airstrike on Wednesday night. Bahoz Erdal of KPP's armed wing, considered a terrorist organization, issued a statement saying "We urge the people of Kurdistan... to react after this massacre and seek a settling of accounts through uprisings" Alarabiya reported. Turkish military targeted civilian smugglers who they mistook for PKK militants, and have now admitted that it was a blunder. Kurdish demonstrators who rallied to the call were met with teargas and water-cannons by Turkish police as violence broke out in several mainly Kurdish towns.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the death of the young smugglers was "unfortunate and saddening" the BBC reported. He emphasized that the identity of those killed was only established as civilian following the airstrike. Turkish military have stated they believed they were targeting PKK militants in an isolated area inside northern Iraq, close to the border.
The 35 dead Kurdish smugglers were aged between just 16 and 20, and one woman lost 11 members of her family.
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