Turkish planes hit bases of rebel Turkish Kurds for the second day in a dispute Monday, striking at targets on both sides of the Iraqi border, officials said.
Planes based near the southeastern towns of Malatya and Batman bombed training camps of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) in the Hakurk area, six miles inside Iraq, and on Mount Cudi, just inside Turkey, they said.The officials, quoted by the semiofficial Anatolian news agency, said the air raids inflicted losses on the PKK but gave no casualty figures or other details.
Prime Minister Suleyman Demirel said the cross-border raids, the first this year, were designed to preempt PKK attacks.
"We are not supposed to wait until our posts are raided, our soldiers are martyred, and our women, children and citizens living in those areas are killed," he told Turkish radio.
Interior Minister Ismet Sezgin vowed that Turkey would repeat the cross-border attacks in response to rebel activity.