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.FULL STORY