DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:00 P.M.) – Shortly after midnight local time, a Turkish armored convoy of some 50 vehicles was ambushed while driving through Hakkari province towards Semdinli city in southeastern Turkey, a region bordering both Iran and Iraq.
After being closely monitored by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) throughout the journey, PKK militants opened fire at Semdinli’s densely populated Maydan neighborhood.
Quickly responding fire, clashes broke out for several minutes as the PKK deployed machine-gun fire and anti-tank missiles against the convoy and the Turkish Army blasted dozens of homes suspected to be insurgent hideouts.
In the wake of the attack, 9 Turkish soldiers were killed and an armored vehicle destroyed while a handful of non-combattants paid the ultimate price after being caught in crossfire. PKK militants reportedly escaped the fighting through tunnels, ready to fight another day.
On Friday, two separate attacks also took place at the Koordine hill and Merganiş Kale military outpost in nearby Cukurca district although details regarding these skirmishes remain vague.
A few days ago, the PKK’s media wing released a video of a similar ambush against a lone armored vehicle which was overwhelmed by Kurdish fighters, bringing an end to the life of three Turkish soldiers.