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PKK Ends Cease-Fire In Turkey

The armed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has declared an end to a unilateral cease-fire in Turkey.

In a statement carried by the Kurdish Firat news agency on November 5, the PKK said the decision was prompted by Turkish state’s continued military attacks against the outlawed group.

The PKK declared a unilateral truce last month, ahead of Turkey's November 1 general elections which gave President Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) the majority it had lost in June.

"After the election, the AKP has demonstrated it is going to be a war government," the PKK statement said.

Earlier this week, Erdogan pledged that there would be "no letup" in the fight against the PKK.

Turkey has been alarmed by Kurdish forces' territorial gains in neighboring Syria, which it fears could stoke separatism among its own Kurdish minority.

Based on reporting by Reuters and dpa