Three-month baby and grandfather shot dead during Turkish-Kurdish clashes

Three-month baby and grandfather shot dead during Turkish-Kurdish clashes
Miray, three-months-old, was shot during a battle between Turkish and Kurdish fighters in southeast Turkey, while Ramazan Ince was also killed trying to bring his granddaughter to an ambulance.
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27 December, 2015
Clashes between Turkish troops and PKK militants have rocked southeast Turkey [AFP]

A three-month baby and her grandfather were killed during clashes between Turkish security forces and Kurdish militants in southeast Turkey, medics said on Sunday. 

The family's home the southeastern town of Cizre came under shelling on Friday night as clashes intensifed between Turkish security forces and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

The baby, identified as Miray, was shot in the head, and died later in hospital.

She was still breathing when an ambulance was called.

Her 73-year-old grandfather Ramazan Ince was also shot dead in crossfire while carrying Miray to the ambulance, witnesses told AFP.

The family claims that the fire came from the direction of the state hospital in Cizre, which is controlled by Turkish security forces.

Tensions are rising throughout Turkey's Kurdish southeast territories, where curfews have been put in place since a fragile truce collapsed in July.

The army said on Saturday nearly 200 PKK militants were killed in the operations since a Turkish military offensive was launched in mid-December.

A Kurdish militant group also claimed responsibility for a bomb attack on an Istanbul airport on 23 December, which left one woman dead.