Turkey announces curfew in Silvan district of Diyarbakir

Turkish governorate announces curfew in Silvan district of Diyarbakir

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

A curfew starting from 5 am (0200 GMT) was announced until further notice in Silvan district of Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir.

A curfew starting from 5 am local time (0200 GMT) was announced until further notice in Silvan district of Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir on Tuesday.

The decision will be implemented in three neighbourhoods of the district.

The announcement came after security forces launched a security operation in the region to remove barricades which PKK terrorists had set up earlier in streets on Monday.

PKK terrorists attacked with long-barreled weapons to policemen who arrived in the neighbourhoods in armored vehicles upon receiving notice.

As policemen reiterated the fire, the terrorists ran away while many shopkeepers in the neighbourhoods closed their shops.

In the meantime, one terrorist was killed during the still continuing clashes.

Increasing terror attacks by PKK, which is listed as a terror organization by Turkey, US and EU have been causing disruption of the social order in several eastern and southeastern provinces of Turkey.

Moreover, PKK terror attacks have killed 148 security officials and over 30 civilians since the PKK’s umbrella organisation, KCK, unilaterally ended a two-year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11.

Diyarbakir saw other curfew decisions in past few weeks which had been imposed in 49 neighbourhoods of Lice districts due to the operations carried out to seize PKK terrorists .

The recent security operations in Diyarbakir came after Turkey recently had a general election on Sunday which resulted in a landslide victory of governing AK Party.

The result indicated that the majority of society was in support of AK Party in standing against terror threats on Turkey.

However, People’s Democratic Party (HDP), which is closely associated with the terrorist PKK, gained the majority in Diyarbakir with 72.7%  of the votes decreasing from 77.7 percent compared to previous election.

In Nov. 1 election, HDP lost nearly one million votes with a decrease from six million 58 thousand votes on the June 7 election to five million 59 thousand votes.

HDP’s vote share decreased in almost all provinces across the country including HDP strongholds like Agri, Van and Diyarbakir.

TRTWorld and agencies