PKK says more than 50,000 fighters killed over past 35 years

Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters stand in formation in northern Iraq May 14, 2013. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

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SULAIMANI — The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) said on Wednesday (August 14) that more than 50,000 of its fighters have been killed during the group's 35-year conflict with the Turkey government.

In a statement published by PKK-affiliated media, the group added that many more had been wounded.

Human rights groups estimate that tens of thousands civilians also lost their lives during the conflict.

The PKK officially launched its campaign against the Turkish government on August 15, 1984.

The most violent period of the conflict for Kurdish rights and autonomy in southeastern Turkey took place during the 1990s.

Peace talks between Ankara and the PKK collapsed in 2015 after several years of relative peace. Hundreds of fighters been killed since then.

The Turkish military is currently engaged in a push against the PKK in the Kurdistan Region, known as Operation Claw, which has seen an increase in airstrikes against PKK targets.

(NRT Digital Media)