Ankara: Kurdish rebels killed 24 Turkish soldiers and injured 18 in simultaneous attacks in southeast Turkey, a local security source said on Wednesday.

The attacks by Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rebels on Turkish troops occurred in several locations in Cukurca and Yuksekova in Hakkari province near the Iraqi border, during the night from on Tuesday to on Wednesday, it said.

Television reports said the Army had initiated an air-supported operation against the rebels in response and the head of the general staff and some commanders had gone to the region.

Clashes between the PKK and the Army have escalated since summer.