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Daily Archives: June 9, 2008

Turkish warplanes strike Kurdish rebels in Iraq

Turkish warplanes bombed separatist Kurdish rebels in neighbouring northern Iraq late Saturday, the Turkish army said in a statement.
The raid against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) began at 10:30 pm (0330 Macau time yesterday) and targeted the Zap area, close to Turkey's border with Iraq, said the brief statement on the general staff's Internet site.
It gave no further details.
Aided by US intelligence, Turkey has carried out several air strikes against rebels in the mountainous enclave since mid-December under a one-year parliamentary authorisation for such action that expires in October.
In February, Turkish troops conducted a week-long offensive targeting a PKK camp in the Zap area. The operation left more than 200 rebels dead, according to the army.
Listed as a terrorist group by Turkey and much of the international community, the PKK has been fighting for self-rule in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast since 1984. The conflict has claimed more than 37,000 lives.
Ankara charges that more than 2,000 Kurdish rebels have found a safe haven in northern Iraq, where they are able to obtain weapons and explosives for attacks in Turkey.

Nearly 3,000 victims of political violence in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe doctors have treated nearly 3,000 victims of political violence over nearly two months, a medical association said yesterday, three weeks before a tense presidential run-off.
"We have noticed with great concern the increase in politically motivated violence to our fellow Zimbabweans," Specialist Doctors in Zimbabwe said in a statement.
"Many victims, including children, are currently under our care with severe injuries sustained over the past few weeks."
The association includes the Surgical Society of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Anaesthetic Association, National Physicians of Zimbabwe and the Paediatric Association of Zimbabwe.
A total of 2,900 victims had been recorded throughout the country, it said, adding that some 200 among them had to be hospitalised.
"Sadly, a number have succumbed to these injuries," the group said.
Violence has mounted ahead of the June 27 run-off, when opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai will be seeking to defeat President Robert Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980.
The opposition Movement for Democratic Change says around 60 of its supporters have been killed by pro-Mugabe militias.
Mugabe blames the opposition for the increase in violence, but the United Nations' chief representative in Zimbabwe has said the president's supporters are to blame for the bulk of it.
Zimbabwe's government has also suspended all aid work ahead of the vote, leading charities to warn of a possible humanitarian crisis in a nation with the world's highest inflation rate and major food shortages.