According to Turkish military sources, at least 35 members of the PKK were killed by an air strike after an attempted attack on a base in the southeastern province of Hakkari, near the border with Iraq. A few hours later, other Kurdish rebels tried to storm a military base in the same area. In the clashes which followed, at least 25 soldiers were wounded.
Again, the fighting in Kurdistan restarted after the events that led to the attempted coup and Erdogan’s reaction to it. Turkey, a NATO country, in agreement with the U.S., classified the PKK as a ‘terrorist group’ and although a year ago a ceasefire was reached, the shooting restarted in the southeastern regions of the country. The climate in the country remains one of extreme tension. Saturday, an Istanbul court validated the arrest of 17 of the 21 Turkish journalists arrested after Monday, when an arrest warrant for 42 reporters was issued. They were suspected of being part of what has become the justification of everything to Erdogan, that is to belong in some way to the Fethullah Gulen’s “network,” accused of orchestrating the failed coup.
The images of the reporters in handcuffs, marching under the watchful eyes of the police, have traveled around the world. The other 21 included in the arrest warrant are still being chased. Among those arrested, on charges of “being part of” Gulen’s “terrorist organization,” there is also the reporter and former parliamentary representative Nazli Ilicak, 72 years old. Instead, the former head of digital content at Hurriyet, Bulent Mumay, was released. And it is just Nazli Ilicak, a veteran of the national journalistic world and a recognized name on prestigious newspapers and television stations, who declared that she has no relationship with the Fethullah Gulen followers; a distancing that however, did not spare her jail time.