A doctor rubs ointment on the burns of Jacob, 16, in front of a poster of Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, at a YPG hospital compound on the outskirts of Hassakeh August 1, 2015. REUTERS/Mauricio Lima
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Turkey believes the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) is no longer listening to its jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan and there is now no point in allowing him to make public statements, a senior Turkish official said on Friday.Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told foreign reporters that Ocalan, jailed on the Turkish prison island of Imrali, had effectively lost control over its military leadership based on Qandil mountain in northern Iraq. Turkey is currently seeing one of its worst upsurges in fighting with the PKK in years after a two-and-a half year ceasefire declared by Ocalan fell apart in July. Until then, lawmakers from the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) had regularly ferried to Imrali, returning with messages from Ocalan calling on the PKK to disarm.
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