Yesterday, one Turkish soldier died during clashes with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) while seven others were seriously injured in heavy skirmishes with Kurdish militants, according to the Turkish Chief of General Staff.
The incident happened in the Sur district of the predominately Kurdish city of Diyarbakir which has been on 24/7 lockdown by the Turkish military since early December, 2015. Apparently, Kurdish PKK militants stormed a Turkish checkpoint on the southeastern outskirts of the city and completely overwhelmed Turkish soldiers stationed there; thus, leaving one for dead.
Diyarkabir has long been a PKK stronghold inside Turkey; however, the Turkish army has deployed dozens of tanks and hundreds of soldiers to the urban centers to root out PKK militants who have entrenched themselves inside the city.
Since the Turkish Army begun its crackdown on the Kurdish PKK in 1984, an estimated 40,000 people, most of whom are Kurds, have been killed due to consistent clashes between the parties.