December 29th, 2011
03:20 AM ET

Airstrike kills 31 Kurdish villagers in southeast Turkey

An airstrike in southeast Turkey killed at least 31 Kurdish villagers crossing into the country from Iraq on Wednesday night, a local official from the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party said.

"A group of villagers were coming from northern Iraq across the border after 9.30 p.m. Their path was blocked by soldiers and then four planes bombed them," said the official, Yunus Urek, blaming the Turkish military for the attack.

The people were from the border villages of Ortasu and Gulyazi, according to Urek, who said he was in Ortasu

"These are people who go across the border all the time, for their daily needs like sugar or fuel," he said. "Only one person survived with injuries."

There was no immediate reaction from the Turkish government.

Some observers have sounded the alarm in recent months about escalating tension between Turkey and its Kurdish minority, warning it may reignite a conflict that has simmered since 1984 and claimed more than 30,000 lives.

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  1. Andreas Moser

    Turkey is a NATO member. Couldn't we try to have some soothing influence?

    December 29, 2011 at 3:34 am | Report abuse |
    • hknclp

      I dont approve the airstrikes but these aren't the villagers who go across border legally. They are doing smuggling. Some of them are doing gas smuggling some of them drug or heroin. You never know. As there are many terrorist group members of PKK in this area, military saw that big group movement and assumed they were terrorist.

      Kurdish people have same rights as Turkish people now. This is not an action against kurdish community.

      December 29, 2011 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
    • hknclp

      I dont approve the airstrikes however,these aren't the villagers who go across border legally. They are doing smuggling. Some of them are doing gas smuggling some of them drug or heroin. You never know. As there are many terrorist members of PKK in this area, military saw that big group movement and assumed they were terrorist.

      Kurdish people have same rights as Turkish people now. This is not an action against kurdish community.

      December 29, 2011 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. Hugh Jass

    Turkey had no choice. They have depleted their supply of Armenians.

    December 29, 2011 at 3:38 am | Report abuse |
    • fatih

      it is ridiculous.which supply do you mention

      December 29, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. srhtkyn

    A massacre of Turks in this state. similar events in the armed forces of the Turks was previously

    December 29, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO

    But they'll criticize Israel again, first chance they get. I can't remember the last time Israel killed 31 with one airstrike.

    December 29, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • fatih

      we dont enter the other country^s interior.it is our places and that people bring illegal goods in the Turkiye.they know that place is forbiden zone.it is their fault.

      December 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BEM684

    Where is the UN outrage on this one? Oh, that's right, they're probably figuring out how to pass a resolution blaming Israel for this one.

    December 29, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cam

    Yeah, they deserved it, right?
    S t f u, morons.

    December 29, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. parisa

    They did not deserve it. And it was not their fault.The government is totally aware of that they bring goods illegally in the Turkey.It is totally government's fault.they have no school, no hospital, no job in their villages. they have nothing to eat. government does not take care of Kurds in villages and they have to smuggle to survive.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
    • salih

      Goverment always wants to build a schold then assign many teachers. PKK does not want people in that region well educated so killed many teachers.

      December 30, 2011 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. kurdistan111

    PKK is not the real terrorist.. turkish governments and erdogan/abdullah gull are the terrorist..

    December 30, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |