Only 500 PKK terrorists left in Turkey after successful operations, Soylu says

Published 27.11.2019 11:37
Updated 20.12.2019 01:57
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Turkey will eliminate the only 500 PKK terrorists left in the country, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said Wednesday.

''There are only around 500 PKK terrorists left in Turkey,'' Soylu said while speaking at a gendarmery command meeting.

"We will make all preparations and use all our capacity to eliminate these 500 terrorists in 2020," he added.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU – has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women and children.

Regarding Tuesday's devastating earthquake in Albania, Soylu said Turkey will do whatever it can to alleviate the suffering of the Albanian people. Soylu added that he talked to Albania's Interior Minister after the disaster took place.

Soylu also said that necessary measures were taken to transfer Turkish citizens back to Turkey.

At least 20 people have died and 600 people have been injured in the earthquake, according to Albanian authorities.

The quake struck Durres at 3:54 a.m. (0254GMT), according to Albania's Geosciences, Energy, Water and Environment Institute.

It was felt in other cities, particularly the capital Tirana, as well as in North Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro.

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