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Prime Minister Erdogan said only 10 to 15 percent of the militants affiliated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) have left Turkey. A police chief was killed in a clash with the PKK's police unit, the Patriotic Revolutionist Youth Movement (YDG-H), in Şırnak. Suspected PKK militants in Tunceli attacked two villages and kidnapped a construction supervisor at a military base. Two engineers kidnapped by suspected PKK militants in Bitlis were released.
Turkish police arrested four Belgians at the border as they tried to enter Syria to fight with the rebels; the four were sent back to Belgium. Last month Belgium had asked Turkey to tighten border security over concerns that a number of Belgians were traveling to Syria to fight; an estimated 100 Belgian citizens are thought to have fought with extremists in Syria. Protests, now relatively subdued, continued against the Erdogan government; some 163 protesters remain in detention in Istanbul.
Police clashed with thousands of protesters in Istanbul's Taksim Square after Prime Minister Erdogan ordered them to clear the area for a rally by the ruling AK party on Sunday. The governor of Istanbul claimed that "provocateurs" are now using guns in the protests. Erdogan said Turkish intelligence was looking into possible links between internal and foreign actors in the protests.
Protests that began in Istanbul's Taksim Square nearly two weeks ago against the authoritarian rule of Prime Minister Erdogan continued, with violence by both police and protesters. Three people have died and nearly 5,000 have been injured, many by the use of CR and tear gas, in the ongoing clashes. Protests have taken place in 78 Turkish cities. The Istanbul governor blamed "marginal groups" for instigating the violence.
The Interior Minister said more than 1,700 people had been arrested in antigovernment protests in 67 cities this week but that the majority have since been released. He claimed that 58 civilians and 115 security officers were wounded in the protests, but rights groups said several people were killed and hundreds injured. Amnesty International called for a halt to the use of tear gas on peaceful protesters.
Turkish media reported that 12 members of the al Qaeda-linked Al Nusrah Front were captured in Adana, along with a total of two kilos (4,5 lb) of sarin gas; some reports claimed the suspects were planning to attack targets in Turkey, including Incirlik Air Base, but another said they were transporting chemical weapons to Syria. Russia's foreign minister urged Turkish authorities to investigate the reports. Another report said three bomb-laden vehicles had entered Turkey from Syria. Police in Istanbul used tear gas and water cannons against hundreds of demonstrators protesting the Islamist government's use of public spaces.