Turkey announces curfew in southeastern province of Mardin

Turkish governorate declares curfew in Nusaybin district of southeastern Mardin Province

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

The governorate of Turkey’s southeastern province of Mardin announced on Friday a curfew which will be imposed in three neighbourhoods of Nusaybin district amid operations to seize PKK terrorists.

A statement by the Mardin governorate said that "in order to protect our people's lives and property and reestablish the disrupted peace and security in our region, besides eliminating the trenches and ambushes set by members of the terrorist group, a curfew starting from 22:00 [local time] on October 9, 2015  will be implemented until further notice."

Some locals in the three neighbourhoods of Abdulkadirpasa, Firat, and Yenisehir were seen to leave their houses before the announcement of curfew decision, indicating that they would stay with their relatives until the curfew ends.

In the meantime, members of the PKK’s youth wing YDG-H have reportedly dug further trenches to prevent security forces from entering the town center following the verdict.

The PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, EU and the UK.

PKK terror attacks have killed 135 security officials and over 30 civilians since the PKK’s umbrella organisation, the KCK, unilaterally ended a two-year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11.

TRTWorld and agencies