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Turkish streets 'turned into battlefields'

Published 8:05 PM ET, Sun April 17, 2016
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A woman waits outside her house in Diyarbakir, Turkey, in October. The wall was riddled with bullet marks during clashes between Turkish armed forces and Kurdish rebels. EMIN OZMEN/Agence LeJournal
The bodies of 12 people are kept in a slaughterhouse in Sirnak, Turkey, in January. The conflict between Turkey and Kurdish rebels has claimed more than 40,000 lives over the past three decades. EMIN OZMEN/Agence LeJournal
The violence has claimed lives on both sides -- and even civilians caught in the middle. Kasim, 17, was killed in Cizre, Turkey, in March. EMIN OZMEN/Agence LeJournal
A Kurdish rebel crosses a street in Nusaybin, Turkey, in December. EMIN OZMEN/Agence LeJournal
A man stands in his damaged home in Silopi, Turkey, in January. EMIN OZMEN/Agence LeJournal
Civilians put white flags on their homes to show they are unarmed. EMIN OZMEN/Agence LeJournal
A woman carries her baby in the ruins of Cizre, Turkey, in March. "What I witnessed there was unforgettable," photographer Emin Ozmen said. "I was really shocked to see this kind of scene in my country: 40% of the city was totally destroyed during the clashes." EMIN OZMEN/Agence LeJournal
A young Kurdish rebel shows a bullet that his group was using against Turkish forces in Nusaybin. EMIN OZMEN/Agence LeJournal
A boy stands near a destroyed building in Cizre in March. EMIN OZMEN/Agence LeJournal
Dead goats are scattered on the ground in Silopi in January. EMIN OZMEN/Agence LeJournal
A rebel builds barricades in Nusaybin. EMIN OZMEN/Agence LeJournal
A street is barricaded in Sirnak. EMIN OZMEN/Agence LeJournal
A rocket hit this bedroom in Nusaybin. No one was at home during the attack. EMIN OZMEN/Agence LeJournal
People bury a victim in Sirnak in January. EMIN OZMEN/Agence LeJournal
A man walks through Cizre in March. EMIN OZMEN/Agence LeJournal