DİYARBAKIR - AFP
Eleven people were killed in fighting between the Turkish military and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the southeast, local security sources said Friday.
The sources said 10 PKK members were killed in the violence that broke out late Thursday in the province of Şırnak near the Iraqi border. The other casualty was a member of an anti-PKK militia supported by the Turkish authorities.
Since December, Turkey has stepped up military action against the separatist PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States.
The PKK has been fighting for self-rule in Turkey's Kurdish-populated east and southeast since 1984. The conflict has claimed more than 37,000 lives.