The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) announced in a statement on Monday that a total of 88 military members have been killed in the fight against the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) since Aug. 29.
In its statement the TSK said 537 PKK militants were also killed in the same period.
“Our struggle will continue until the last terrorist is rendered ineffective,” the TSK said.
Turkish authorities had conducted direct talks with jailed PKK chief Abdullah Öcalan for several years until a truce in effect collapsed in the summer of 2015. Since then, there have been heavy clashes between the PKK and Turkish security forces.
More than 40,000 people, including 5,500 security force members, have been killed in four decades of fighting between the Turkish state and the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU.
In the meantime, the Hakkari Governor’s Office released a statement on Monday in which it revised the number of civilians killed in a PKK attack in Hakkari on Sunday from eight to five. Ten soldiers also died in the attack in which PKK terrorists attacked a military outpost in the Şemdinli district with a bomb-laden truck.