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Airstrikes kill 35 Kurds in Turkey, protests ensue

Turkish warplanes launched airstrikes against suspected Kurdish militants in northern Iraq near the Turkish border overnight, the military said on Thursday, but local officials said the attack killed 35 smugglers who were mistaken for guerrillas. 

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Locals carry a victim killed in airstrikes to the morgue of a hospital in Uludere, Sirnak province on Thursday, Dec. 29. Turkish warplanes launched airstrikes against suspected Kurdish militants in northern Iraq near the Turkish border overnight, the military said on Thursday, but local officials said the attack killed 35 smugglers who were mistaken for guerrillas. The Turkish military confirmed it had launched the strikes after unmanned drones spotted suspected rebels of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), but said there were no civilians in the area and it was investigating the incident.

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Locals gather around bodies of people who were killed in airstrikes in Ortasu village near the southeastern Turkish town of Sirnak on Thursday, Dec. 29.

The attack, which Turkey's largest pro-Kurdish party called a "crime against humanity," sparked clashes between hundreds of stone-throwing protesters and police in Diyarbakir, the largest city in Turkey's restive mainly Kurdish southeast.

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Pro-Kurdish demonstrators gesture and chant slogans during a protest in Istanbul on Dec. 29, against the Turkish government and the Turkish airstrike which killed 35 in southeast Turkey.

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Pro Kurdish demonstrators clash with riot police during a demonstration, in Istanbul, Turkey on Dec. 29.

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