Turkey to Compensate Families of Kurds Killed in Air Raid

World | January 3, 2012, Tuesday // 09:38|  views

Women mourn for victims of a Turkish air raid, at the cemetery of Gulyazi Village, Sirnak province, near the Iraqi border, on December 30, 2011. Photo from RIA Novosti

Turkey has pledged to pay financial compensation to families of Kurds accidentally killed last week in an air raid on a Kurdish-populated area near its border with Iraq.

The air strike of the Turkish Air Forces near the village of Uludere in the southeastern Sirnak province last Wednesday killed 35 Kurds, who are believed to be diesel smuggling peasants.

Turkish Vice Prime Minister Minister Bulent Arinc is quoted by international media as saying that the compensations would be paid out within two days, but he did not specify the sums.

The Turkish military carry out frequent raids against militants of the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) movement in Turkey's Kurdish-populated southeast, as well as across the border with Iraq into Iraqi Kurdistan.

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