Mahmut Alinak, a Kurdish member of Turkey's parliament, estimated that 20,000 civilians, had left for neighbouring villages after last week's fighting between security forces and Kurdish rebels. 'People whose homes have been destroyed . . . say the attacks came from state forces and the extent of damage in Sirnak shows this,' he said. The government says hundreds of Kurdish Workers Party fighters attacked official buildings.
Sirnak, Turkey (Reuter) - Tanks and armoured vehicles patrolled deserted streets in this Kurdish town in south-east Turkey yesterday after thousands of residents had fled.