Turkey: Kurds and Turkish Hezbollah Members Clash

Two were killed and three injured Saturday in clashes between Kurdish rebels and a Sunni Islamist group in southeast Turkey near the Syrian border, a local governor’s office said.

Tensions have escalated in the town of Cizre since Friday night when the Sunni Muslim Huda-Par group attacked tents belonging to rebels of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a security source told Agence-France Presse.

The two deaths were attributed by Dogan news agency to be the father of a leader of the Islamist party and a 19-year old Kurdish youth.

Huda-Par is known to be the political extension of Turkish Hezbollah and has long been hostile to the PKK — which has fought Turkish security forces in a three-decade insurgency for Kurdish self-rule.