Kurdish rallies in Turkey turn bloody, at least 9 killed – reports

Kurdish protesters are pictured in a street on October 7, 2014 in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir during a demonstration to demand more western intervention against Islamic State militants (IS) in Syria and Iraq.(AFP Photo / Ilyas Akengin)

At least 9 people have reportedly been killed and scores others wounded as pro-Kurdish demonstrators clashed with police in eastern provinces as well as in Istanbul and Ankara, according to local media, as people demand action against the Islamic State.

Clashes with police in Diyarbakir, the largest Kurdish city in the southeast, resulted in five deaths, Reuters reports. Another protester died in clashes in Varto, in the province of Mus, where at least half a dozen people were wounded, local media reported. Two people died in south-eastern Siirt province, CNN Turk Television reported, while another died in Batman.

Protesters clash with riot police in Istanbul, during a pro-Kurdish demonstration in solidarity with the people of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, October 7, 2014.(Reuters / Osman Orsal)

Protesters clash with riot police in Istanbul, during a pro-Kurdish demonstration in solidarity with the people of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, October 7, 2014.(Reuters / Osman Orsal)

Flames are seen near a Turkish police vehicle on October 7, 2014 in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir during a demonstration of Kurdish to demand more western intervention against Islamic State militants (IS) in Syria and Iraq.(AFP Photo / Ilyas Akengin)

Flames are seen near a Turkish police vehicle on October 7, 2014 in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir during a demonstration of Kurdish to demand more western intervention against Islamic State militants (IS) in Syria and Iraq.(AFP Photo / Ilyas Akengin)

A Turkish riot police officer stands on October 7, 2014 in Istanbul as Kurdish demonstrators protest against attacks launched by Islamic State insurgents targeting the Syrian city of Kobane and lack of action by the government.(AFP Photo / Ozan Kose)

A Turkish riot police officer stands on October 7, 2014 in Istanbul as Kurdish demonstrators protest against attacks launched by Islamic State insurgents targeting the Syrian city of Kobane and lack of action by the government.(AFP Photo / Ozan Kose)

Police used tear gas and water cannon on October 7, 2014 in Istanbul against demonstrators who protest against attacks launched by Islamic State insurgents targeting the Syrian city of Kobane and lack of action by the government.(AFP Photo / Ozan Kose)

Police used tear gas and water cannon on October 7, 2014 in Istanbul against demonstrators who protest against attacks launched by Islamic State insurgents targeting the Syrian city of Kobane and lack of action by the government.(AFP Photo / Ozan Kose)

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