Curfew lifted in Hakkari's Yuksekova in southeast Turkey

Hakkari governor announces that curfew is lifted in Yuksekova, after stepping up security measures against PKK terror attacks

Photo by: AA
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Residents of Yuksekova seen strolling in streets after the curfew was lifted on morning of September 11, 2015

The governor of Turkey's southeastern Hakkari province announced on Friday that the curfew imposed in the Yuksekova District of the province on Thursday night has been lifted on Friday, following increased security measures against  PKK terror attacks.

"Due to increasing terror attacks in our city's [Hakkari] Yuksekova district, we imposed a curfew starting from 23:30 [local time] on September 10, 2015, to protect our people's lives and property and reestablish the disrupted peace and security in our region. After stepping up security measures across the city, the curfew is lifted starting from 07:00 [local time] on September 11, 2015." Hakkari’s governor said in a statement.

The governor announced late on Thursday that a curfew will be imposed in Yuksekova as escalating terror attacks by PKK terrorists endanger the lives of civilians and Turkey's security forces.  

The statement also stated that people will be prevented from entering or leaving the town until further notice, while security forces carry out an operation to capture the PKK terrorists within the region.

The Turkish General Staff announced on September 7 that 16 Turkish soldiers, stationed within the Daglica battalion in Yuksekova were killed and six others were wounded in a terror attack carried out PKK terrorists.

The attack was described as one of the deadliest since the ceasefire between the state and outlawed PKK was ended by PKK's umbrella organisation, the KCK on July 11.

Additionally, increased terror attacks by PKK terrorists led Sirnak Governor's Office to issue a curfew in the  Cizre district on September 5, also located in southeast Turkey. 

The PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the EU, the US and NATO. Since the latest wave of terror attacks conducted by the PKK, at least 24 civilians and a total of 113 Turkish security officials have been killed.

TRTWorld, AA