updated 10/22/2011 10:42:29 AM ET 2011-10-22T14:42:29

Turkey's military says 49 Kurdish rebels have been killed in offensives in southeast Turkey.

The military said in a statement posted on its website Saturday that the rebels were killed in fighting in Hakkari province over the past two days.

Turkey launched anti-rebel offensives — involving around 10,000 troops — both in southeastern Turkey and across the border in Iraq on Wednesday, after 24 soldiers were killed by the rebels in the deadliest one-day toll against the military since the 1990s.

Earlier, the state-run television TRT television reported 32 rebels killed in clashes in a valley in Hakkari province.

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