Curfews to be lifted in Turkey’s Diyarbakir

Published August 27th, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
Turkish special forces are seen on patrol in Diyarbakir. (AFP/File)
Turkish special forces are seen on patrol in Diyarbakir. (AFP/File)

The eight-month curfew in Diyarbakir city, southeast Turkey, is to be lifted Saturday morning, the provincial governor’s office said Friday.

The restrictions in the Sur district were imposed in December as security forces attempted to flush out PKK militants.

In a statement, the governor’s office said the curfew would be lifted in six of seven areas at 7.00 a.m. local time (0400GMT) Saturday. It would remain in the seventh due to “escalating terror activity in the region” and to ensure the security of lives and property, the statement said.

Fresh curfews were declared for 25 villages in Diyarbakir province in June as security forces launched new operations.

Turkey began a military operation in the southeast last July after a ceasefire between the PKK and the Turkish government collapsed.


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