Second curfew declared in Turkey's southeastern Cizre town

Security concerns regarding operations targeting PKK terrorists lead to another curfew being declared in Cizre on Sunday

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

A second curfew has been declared in the Cizre district of the southeastern province of Sirnak in Turkey on Sunday amid operations to apprehend members of the outlawed PKK, according to the Sırnak Governor’s Office.

The latest curfew, which is scheduled to begin from 7pm on Sept. 13 and last until further notice, comes less than 48 hours since the first curfew in district - which was declared on September 4 - was lifted on September 12.

Turkish authorities announced operations against PKK targets took place mostly in Cizre's Nur neighborhood during the first curfew in which more than 45 PKK barricades were destroyed, some 30 ditches were refilled while 32 PKK terrorists - including high-ranking members - were killed and 10 detained.  

Operations also included bombing some of the barricades and ditches and raiding over 150 apartments used as ammunition depots for the PKK which is designated a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and European Union.

Twenty explosive devices were found and destroyed along with 800 kilograms of explosives while many rifles and homemade explosives were also seized in the operations.

Turkish authorities said the curfew imposed in Cizre was aimed at preventing PKK terrorists from carrying out attacks and rioting while certain neighborhoods were not under strict curfew.

Officials said emergency services couldn't reach 81 of 251 emergency situations due to security measures during the curfew.

With PKK terrorists continuing to carry out attacks targeting health workers in Cizre and preventing them from provide services to the locals, 17 of those incidents were injury cases caused by PKK barricades and ditches.

TRTWorld and agencies