Thousands protest air strike in Turkey

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Associated Press

Posted on December 28, 2012 at 6:02 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 28 at 6:32 AM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — An official says thousands are protesting the government on the first anniversary of a botched Turkish military air strike aimed at Kurdish rebels that instead killed 34 civilians.

Protesters are denouncing the government's failure to keep a promise to investigate the incident and hold those responsible to account for the attack that struck a group of smugglers — most of them youngsters — who were crossing the border into Turkey from Iraq with mules.

Kurdish legislator Nazmi Gur said several thousand people were marching Friday to a cemetery near the border with Iraq. Dogan news agency video footage showed protesters shouting anti-government slogans.

The New-York based Human Rights Watch has also called on the government to launch "an effective and transparent inquiry" into the attack.

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