A Turkish media report says Turkish warplanes have struck suspected Kurdish rebel positions in southeast Turkey, in the first major airstrikes against the rebel group since peace talks began two years ago to end a 30-year insurgency.

Hurriyet newspaper's website said Tuesday that the jets hit Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, targets in Hakkari province on Sunday. The airstrikes were launched in response to suspected PKK shelling of a military outpost there.

A military statement said Tuesday the armed forces had responded "in the strongest way" to shelling by the rebels, without saying whether airstrikes were launched.

The attack on the military post came amid accusations by Kurds that Turkey is standing idly while Syrian Kurds are being slaughtered across the border in the besieged town of Kobani.