Turkish prisoners risk death, doctors say, in mass hunger strike

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At least 682 jailed Kurdish militants are participating in a hunger strike in at least 67 prisons across Turkey, Turkey's government announced Friday, news sources report.
No protesters are in critical condition after entering its 51st day on Thursday, Rueters reports.
The statement by Turkey's Justice Ministry directly contradicted reports issued by members of two opposition parties, CNN reports.
The inmates may start to die within the next 10 days, Turkey's main medical association warned on Thursday, saying the prime minister's dismissal of the protest as a "show" risked hardening their resolve of the matter, Rueters reports.
Their demands, according to officials from the Peace and Democracy Party (Turkey's largest Kurdish nationalist party), is permission to use the Kurdish language in education and in courtrooms, and an end to the solitary confinement and eventual release of Abdullah Ocalan, a jailed founder of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)
The protests follow a surge in violence between Turkey and the PKK, a movement fighting a guerrilla war against the Turkish state for 30 years, CNN reports.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has played down this protest, claiming only one prisoner was on a "death fast" and was being monitored. Dozens of prisoners died in a hunger strike more than a decade ago, Reuters reports.
Turkey's semiofficial Anatolian Agency reported at least one soldier was killed and six wounded during a alleged PKK attack on a post in southeastern Turkey Friday, CNN reports.

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