In airstrike by Turkish fighter jets killed 12 Kurdish fighters

Turkish fighter jets struck militant positions in rural areas in the southeastern province of Hakkari in Turkey and in Northern Iraq, killing 12 soldiers. Reuters said sources in the security services.

They said that eight members of the Kurdistan workers party (PKK) were killed near the southeastern town of Semdinli, the rest were killed in Iraq, where is the leadership of the party. According to interlocutors of Agency, the jets took off from Diyarbakir, the largest city in the Kurdish region.

The Agency adds that a military Outpost of the Turkish army in Semdinli on the morning of July 8, came under fire by the PKK, the Kurds have used mortars, anti-aircraft guns and machine guns. In response, the military opened artillery fire.

The conflict between the Kurds demanding autonomy from Ankara, the Turkish military has flashed with new force after the termination of the ceasefire in the summer of 2015. Since then, in clashes with both sides killed thousands of people.

In total since 1984, when the Kurds began to fight for independence, killing more than 40 thousand people.