Turkey imposes fresh curfews on 25 Kurdish cities in southeast

Published June 21st, 2016 - 03:00 GMT
Kurdish protesters clash with Turkish police in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir. (AFP/File)
Kurdish protesters clash with Turkish police in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir. (AFP/File)

New curfews were declared early Tuesday in 25 villages of Turkey's southeastern Diyarbakir province, which has been the scene of ongoing military operations against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Security forces will begin new operations in order to locate and destroy explosive devices planted by the PKK in the Lice, Hani, and Silvan districts, the Diyarbakir Governor's office confirmed Tuesday.

No details were provided regarding the nature of the curfew or its duration.

The Turkish Armed Forces, in cooperation with police, has launched broad military operations - namely in the eastern provinces of Mus, Mardin, Diyarbakir, Sirnak, Hakkari, Van, and Bingol - aimed at clearing ousting PKK militants from cities, filling in trenches, removing barricades, and destroying explosive traps.

Turkish security forces have been involved in an intense military campaign against PKK militants in the mostly Kurdish southeast since a ceasefire fell apart nearly a year ago.

By Aziz Aslan

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material.


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