March 28, 2013

Turkish forces fired artillery shells into north Iraq, apparently in a bid to intimidate Kurdish rebels with whom Ankara is in peace talks, security sources and rebels told AFP on Thursday.

The shelling on Wednesday, which caused no casualties, came days after jailed Kurdish rebel chief Abdullah Ocalan made a ceasefire call in a move that raised hopes of an end to a three-decade conflict that has cost some 45,000 lives, most of them Kurdish.

The Turkish army has not launched any operations against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) rebels since Ocalan’s March 21 ceasefire call, set out in a letter penned from his island prison cell.

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