Turkey tells PKK to surrender, warns civilians to evacuate Diyarbakir

Published March 1st, 2016 - 04:00 GMT
People disperse as Turkish police fire tear gas in Diyarbakir on February 27, 2016 during a demonstration against government-imposed curfews on areas of eastern Turkey. (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)
People disperse as Turkish police fire tear gas in Diyarbakir on February 27, 2016 during a demonstration against government-imposed curfews on areas of eastern Turkey. (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)

Turkish security forces on Tuesday warned civilians to evacuate and Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants to surrender in southeastern Diyarbakir province's Sur district.

Turkish gendarmes could be seen making announcements about the evacuation and surrender from their armored vehicles in the area.

"We don't want children to get harmed. We are worried about them. If the children get harmed, you will be held responsible legally. Do not use children as human shields," Turkish security forces said in their announcement.

According to security sources, 24 civilians have so far been evacuated.

Three suspected PKK members surrendered to Turkish security forces on Feb. 22, while six civilians were evacuated on Feb. 19.

Turkey's mostly Kurdish southeast has been the scene of significant military operations for several months. A curfew was declared in the town last Tuesday.

The PKK - outlawed and considered a "terrorist" organization in Turkey - became embroiled in a conflict with the Turkish military when a ceasefire fell apart last July. 

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


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