With 1,006 personnel, Turkey has launched a new anti-terror operation in its eastern Tunceli province, the country’s Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday.

In a statement, the ministry said Operation Yildirim-4 was launched on Tuesday to “completely eliminate the separatist terror group from the country’s agenda and to neutralize terrorists taking shelter in the region.”

A total of 1,006 security personnel, including gendarmerie commandos, gendarmerie special operations and police special forces as well as security guards, are taking part in the operation, added the statement.

Also, operations Yildirim, Yildirim-2 Cilo, and Yildirim-3 Mt. Agri continue, it noted.

As part of these operations launched in July under the coordination of the Interior Ministry, eight terrorists have been neutralized, and 24 caves, shelters, and storages were destroyed, as well as many weapons, ammunition, and food were seized, the statement said.

Turkey’s operations against terrorists within the country continue determinedly and successfully with the support of the public, the statement added.

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

* Writing by Seda Sevencan

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