In Washington, a State Department spokesman reiterated the longstanding US policy that considers the PKK “to be a terrorist organisation.”
The governor for the Turkish border province of Kilis said Saturday that Turkey would provide aid to the displaced within Syria, but would only open the gates in the event of an “extraordinary crisis.”
The United Nations said some 20,000 people have gathered at the Bab al-Salam crossing, hoping to reach Turkey, which already hosts more than two million refugees from the bloody conflict.
The International Organization for Migration says 218 people have died this year while trying to cross by sea from Turkey to Greece.
Turkey’s security forces are fighting militants linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, in Diyarbakir’s historic Sur district. Authorities are enforcing a 24-hour curfew in Sur as the security forces press ahead with large-scale operations to rout out the militants.
Syrians who have recently escaped the Islamic State group’s rule say public disillusionment is growing as IS has failed to live up to its promises to install a utopian “Islamic” rule of justice, equality and good governance.
Kurdish militants launched a car bomb attack on a police complex in southeast Turkey’s Diyarbakir province
On Wednesday, Turkish police also arrested 13 suspected IS militants, including three Russian nationals, a day after the bombing in Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet district.
Police sealed the area, barring people from approaching in case of a second explosion.
A Foreign Ministry statement released late Thursday says Turkey protested reports suggesting that the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was linked to Erdogan’s recent visit to Riyadh.
“The region is already a powder keg,” Kurtulmus, who is also the government spokesman, said after a cabinet meeting, quoted by the Anatolia news agency.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said Wednesday that Baghdad will continue to pursue peaceful means, but that if there is no other solution and if “fighting is imposed on us, we will consider it to protect our sovereignty.”
Erdogan’s broadside at HDP chief Selahattin Demirtas could further widen the gulf between the government and the Kurdish opposition.
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Erdogan promised to help, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations