Turkish jets have targeted positions of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq as well as the Turkish border region Hakkari, the Anadolu news agency reported on Sunday.
Hideouts and ammunition depots were among the targets destroyed, and nine fighters were put out of action, Anadolu quoted Turkish military sources as saying, providing no further details.
The government announced that it was stepping up military action against the PKK in the mountainous Qandil and Sinjar regions earlier this week, less than three weeks before elections in Turkey on June 24.
According to the Turkish government, troops are also advancing towards the Qandil mountains.
The conflict between the Turkish government and the PKK goes back several decades and has killed at least 40,000 people. Fighting was reignited in July 2015 when a ceasefire broke down after more than two years. Since then, Turkey has once again been targeting the PKK in the south-east of the country and attacking the organization’s positions in northern Iraq.
The PKK has also carried out repeated attacks, especially on security forces.
The group is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.