Four Turkish soldiers, about 20 Kurdish rebels 'killed in clashes'

A protester holds a banner bearing a photo of founding member of the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) Abdullah Ocalan in Marseille, southern France on October 17, 2015, during a demonstration in solidarity with the Kurdish peopleFour Turkish soldiers and about 20 Kurdish rebels have been killed in several days of intense fighting in southeastern Turkey, a security source said Sunday. The clashes, which also involved helicopters, came despite a pledge by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to suspend all offensive actions ahead of Turkey’s snap elections on November 1. The pledge was seen as an attempt to help the pro-Kurdish People’s Democracy Party (HDP) boost its score in the polls.

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