Turkey Lifts Curfew In Cizre After Clashes With The PKK

cccTurkey’s government has lifted a curfew in the southeastern city of Cizre, the scene of heavy fighting between the army and fighters from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The move on Saturday followed a week-long curfew, during which 32 fighters were killed, according to officials.

Sirnak province governor, Ali Ihsan Su, had announced the curfew would end on Saturday morning, in a statement released a day earlier.

The operation against PKK fighters had sparked concern for Cizre’s inhabitants, with reports of food running out, residents unable to seek urgent treatment and even burials impossible.

“During this time, our security forces carried out a successful operation against members of the Separatist Terror Organisation,” the statement said, using the customary official term for the PKK.

“I want to sincerely thank the dear citizens of Cizre for their patience and sensitivity in this period,” the governor’s statement added.

During the curfew, outsiders had not been allowed to enter the city in what Kurdish activists termed a blockade.

The operation in Cizre, a city of 120,000 on the border with Syria and close to Iraq, was a key part of the government’s drive to cripple the PKK in southeast Turkey and northern Iraq, which started in late July and shows no sign of abating.