A government operation to push out Kurdish separatists has come amid the worst violence to hit the area in decades. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Empty streets filled with the sounds of warfare. This is Cizre in Turkey -- once a town, now a battlefield, as Turkish forces carry out operations to push back militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party or PKK. Two police officers, one soldier and 12 PKK members have been killed in just 48 hours. It's part of the worst violence in Turkey's predominately Kurdish south east since the 1990s. The sounds of battle rips through another town -- Diyarbakir. Turkish forces move through the streets. The PKK is designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and European Union. It first took up arms in 1984 to push for greater autonomy. It's a decades-long fight that has cost the lives of some 40,000. President Tayyip Erdogan says there will be no let-up in the military campaign -- a fight that has claimed more than 3,000 lives since a ceasefire collapsed last July.