A total of 740 people have been detained as part of operations across Turkey against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the Ministry of Interior Affairs announced on Saturday.

According to the statement, the operations aimed to prevent urban terrorist attacks by the PKK.

The Minister of Interior Affairs Süleyman Soylu also stated that over 7 thousand soldiers conduct operations in the rural areas.

Turkey has been undertaking counter-terrorism operations against the PKK which seeks Kurdish autonomy in armed struggle. The PKK cost lives of tens of thousands of soldiers and civilians in its nearly 40 year-old history.

The political Kurdish movement has been subject to crackdown particularly after the failed coup attempt of July 15. Kurdish deputies, mayors and local politicians are jailed.

After the reconciliation process between the PKK and the Turkish government, the police operations in Southeast Turkey resumed and resulted in the destruction of several Kurdish towns as well as displacement of hundreds of thousands of civilians.