Violent clashes broke out across southeast Turkey, with several people reported dead and curfews imposed, as the region’s Kurdish people protested the advance of Islamic State just across the border with Syria.
Demonstrators clashed with police and in some areas with members of local Islamist groups, according to Turkish media. Haberturk website said that five people were killed in Diyarbakir, Turkey’s largest Kurdish city. A curfew was imposed there at 10 p.m. local time as well as in Mardin, Siirt, Batman and Van, according to Hurriyet newspaper.
The outpouring of anger came as Syrian Kurdish fighters battled to prevent Islamic State militants from overrunning Kobani, a mostly Kurdish city in north Syria a couple of miles south of the Turkish border. Kurds have blamed the Turkish government for not doing enough to help the Kurds of Kobani.
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