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Seven Kurdish Rebels Killed in Battles With Turkish Forces

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Turkish security forces battled with Kurdish rebels near the Turkish-Syrian border Friday, killing seven rebels. Three Turkish soldiers were wounded.

The clashes broke out near the border town of Hassa. They were among the deadliest between Turkish troops and rebels of the Kurdistan Workers Party since the group called off a six-month long cease-fire in February.

The PKK began its fight for an ethnic homeland in 1984. An estimated 40,000 people have died in the struggle.

Earlier this week, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Iraqi Kurdish regional President Massoud Barzani in Irbil — the capital of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region. The talks focused on promoting economic ties and stability in the region.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist group in Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

Article by VOA News