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Turkey Imposes Curfews in Parts of Diyarbakir

DIYARBAKIR – The Turkish government has imposed late round-the-clock curfews in parts of Silvan in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir province in order to conduct military operations against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

In a statement, Silvan sub-governorship said on Tuesday (November 29) that curfews had been declared in the villages of Eskiköy, Susuz, Gündüzköy, Otluk, Karahacı and Üçbasamak.

The curfews went into effect as of 10 p.m. Monday (November 28), according to the governorship which also announced that curfews would be lifted when it issued further notice saying so.

State media reported that one village guard was killed and another two arrested on Monday night after clashes broke out between members of the PKK and Turkish security forces in Susuz and Çardak villages.

A round-the-clock curfew ended in three districts of the town of Silvan on November 15, 2015 in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern Diyarbakir province after a period of 12 day under curfew.

Curfews across Turkey’s southeastern Kurdish districts have been on and off for the last few months as violence continues due to clashes between security forces and fighters affiliated with the PKK.

Clashes between security forces and Kurdish fighters have displaced residents fleeing violence and have damaged scores of buildings.

Hundreds have been killed in the renewed conflict between Turkish security forces and the PKK after a ceasefire collapsed following a suicide bombing that targeted a meeting of youth activists in the town of Suruc on Turkey’s border with Syria.

(NRT)

About Sarkawt Shamulddin (54 Articles)
Sarkawt Shamsulddin is a political analyst on Middle East Affairs and co-founder of the Kurdish Policy Foundation

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