The Turkish military says fighter jets have carried out strikes against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq.

Four F-16 jets bombarded the region of Zap, destroying shelters, caves and ammunition depots used by the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.

In a statement carried by the state-run Anadolu Agency, the army said eight F-4 2020 fighter jets hit PKK targets in the region of Metina.

The Kurdish rebels, which Ankara and its allies consider to be terrorists, have been fighting for greater autonomy in Turkey.

The decades-old conflict between the Turkish state and the PKK resumed last summer in southeast Turkey after the collapse of peace talks.

Turkey has been carrying out intensive operations against Kurdish rebels within its borders and periodically bombards them in neighboring Iraq.