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Turkey: 26 PKK fighters surrender to security forces as crackdown intensifies01:53

Turkey: 26 PKK fighters surrender to security forces as crackdown intensifies

Turkey, Nusaybin
May 25, 2016 at 15:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

26 fighters from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) surrendered to Turkish security forces in the city of Nusaybin, in the the southeastern province of Mardin, Wednesday.

The group of militants, who counted six women among them, laid down their weapons before the Turkish military. On Tuesday, another group of three militants also surrendered as they were cornered by the Turkish army, who killed two more fighters on the same day.

As part of the crackdown against the PKK and other Kurdish organisations in the south-east of Turkey, military forces have continued to besiege the Kurdish-majority region since March 14. Earlier this month, the Turkish Parliament approved a bill lifting the immunity of 139 deputies, paving the way for a judicial process that could see their arrest. Most of the politicians at risk of prosecution under the new law belong to the pro-kurdish HDP.

Turkey: 26 PKK fighters surrender to security forces as crackdown intensifies01:53
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26 fighters from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) surrendered to Turkish security forces in the city of Nusaybin, in the the southeastern province of Mardin, Wednesday.

The group of militants, who counted six women among them, laid down their weapons before the Turkish military. On Tuesday, another group of three militants also surrendered as they were cornered by the Turkish army, who killed two more fighters on the same day.

As part of the crackdown against the PKK and other Kurdish organisations in the south-east of Turkey, military forces have continued to besiege the Kurdish-majority region since March 14. Earlier this month, the Turkish Parliament approved a bill lifting the immunity of 139 deputies, paving the way for a judicial process that could see their arrest. Most of the politicians at risk of prosecution under the new law belong to the pro-kurdish HDP.

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