Turkey İmposes Another Curfew in Diyarbakir province

dddOne day after declaring an end to military operations in Nuseybin and Sirnak, the Turkish army imposed a curfew on rural areas near the city of Diyarbakir in the country’s mainly Kurdish southeast.

A curfew has been imposed in 10 areas of Lice, in Diyarbakir province, according to a statement on the website of the provincial governor’s office on Saturday, ahead of planned military operations against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the area aimed at “neutralizing elements of the separatist terrorist organization and their collaborators.”

“The operation aims to destroy and capture caves, storage caches, and weapons.”

Security forces also believe that “There are high profile militants in the area” and warned civilians to stay indoors during the operation for their own safety, until further notice is given.

Turkey’s southeast has witnessed some of the worst violence in years since the collapse of a truce between the PKK and the state last summer reignited a decades long conflict.

In the conflict between Ankara and the PKK, which Turkey considers a terrorist organization, the fight has been brought into urban centres with the Turkish army declaring military curfews, sometimes lasting months, in Kurdish neighbourhoods and towns, with heavy artillery battling Kurdish fighters on the streets and behind barricades.