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Turkish Military: 13 Kurdish Rebels Killed in Fighting in Eastern Turkey


The Turkish military says troops have killed 13 Kurdish rebels in fighting in eastern Turkey.

Officials said Turkish troops killed 11 rebels of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) early Thursday in Tunceli province. Two more rebels were killed in Diyarbakir province.

The PKK has not commented on the reported deaths.

Meanwhile, a Turkish court sentenced Thursday Kurdish politician Leyla Zana to two years in prison for violating anti-terrorism laws.

Zana was convicted of speaking respectfully of the imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader, Abdullah Ocalan, last year at a Kurdish festival.

The former lawmaker has already spent 10 years in prison after being convicted of having links to the PKK.

The European Parliament awarded its 1995 Sakharov prize for human rights to Zana for her advocacy of Kurdish rights.

The PKK has been fighting for autonomy in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast for nearly 25 years. The violence has killed more than 30,000 people.

Turkey, the United States and other nations have designated the KKK a terrorist group.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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