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Rebel fighters of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) attacked a convoy of the Turkish Army in the southeastern Hakkari province, military sources reported on Thursday.

At least 20 Turkish soldiers were killed and several others were wounded in the attack, where the PKK used mortar fire and heavy machine guns.

“Our fighters ambushed the Turkish army on the road of Cile Çola Mirek in Hakkari province,” a PKK spokesman told ARA News.

“The operation resulted in the death of more than 20 soldiers, the injury of dozens more, and the destruction of three military vehicles,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

He said that the PKK-led operation came in response to the recent Turkish bombardment of Kurdish villages in Hakkari.

“We won’t remain calm while Turkey destroys our villages and kills our people,” the PKK spokesman told ARA News.

Since the break down of the two-and-a-half-year ceasefire between Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in July 2015, clashes intensified between both sides, causing the death of thousands of civilians, the displacement of more than 400,000 people and massive urban destruction in some south-eastern districts populated by Kurds.

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