Due to the surging terror attacks by the PKK in several eastern and southeastern provinces of Turkey, more than 5,000 people in these regions are out of work.
The PKK, which is listed as a terror organisation by Turkey, US and EU, have been causing disruption of the social order in many provinces as they dig up trenches and set road-barricades in streets.
Accordingly, the tradesmen in the region claim that they were forced to discharge several employees, as local people did not want to go out shopping due to security concerns and also there is a significant drop in income for many business owners in the affected areas.
Moreover, PKK terror attacks have killed over 150 security officials and more than 30 civilians in Turkey since the group’s umbrella organisation, KCK, unilaterally ended a two-and-a-half-year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11 and threatened Turkey with attacks.
PKK terrorists have also been attacking bridges and construction sites of dams and industrial areas with explosive devices, causing some of the significant projects in these regions to be put on hold and eliminating the employment opportunities.
With respect to the issue, a board member of Turkish Tradesmen and Craftsmen Confederation, Alican Ebedinoglu said that ‘’The tradesmen in Diyarbakir were highly overcome by the terror attacks and several capital investments in the province were suspended," unlike during the peace process, when many factories which provided a large number of job opportunities, were set up.
Ebedinoglu added that almost 500 businesses were shut down just in Diyarbakir due to PKK terror attacks since June 2015, while more than 1,000 people became unemployed.
Police detain 12 PKK suspects in Istanbul
During anti-terror operations against the PKK, police detained 12 PKK suspects in Istanbul over being members of the terrorist organization on Friday.
The operations were carried out in 24 different addresses in several districts of Istanbul, including Esenyurt, Beylikduzu, Basaksehir and Buyukcekmece.
Police reported that search operations at some of the locations are still ongoing.
In another anti-terror operation against PKK, police detained four suspects over charge of making terror propaganda in Silvan district of Diyarbakir.
The interrogations of the suspects are continuing at the police department. Security forces recently carried out a wide scale operation to eliminate explosives set by PKK terrorists and remove barricades which they set up in the streets while a curfew was implemented between Nov. 3 and 14 in the area.