Bones of the missing ( Turkey)

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The dig began in the midst of a dust storm.

Under armed guard, a team of excavators opened up a disused well shaft behind an abandoned roadside restaurant in south-eastern Turkey.

They were searching for the remains of hundreds of civilians who disappeared at the height of the Kurdish separatist conflict in this region in the 1990s.

Many were last seen with members of Turkey's security forces.

For many Kurdish families, the dig marked the start of a long-stalled search for justice. More than 70 have now applied to local lawyers for help to find their relatives.

The dig at this site unearthed several bones and pieces of cloth. They have been sent for DNA testing while the search goes on.

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