Turkey’s Sirnak Governorate announced that a week-long curfew is lifted 07:00am local time in the district of Cizre after extensive operations were undertaken by security forces against militants belonging to the outlawed PKK in the area.
Concerns over security and residents' well-being in the troubled town of Cizre have reached a high point after armed militants and members of the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H), the youth branch of the PKK, infiltrated some parts of the city and started engaging in clashes with security forces, putting the life of civilians in danger.
The PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the EU, the US and NATO.
PKK terrorists have carried out several attacks against Turkish security forces since the Suruc suicide bombing in Turkey’s southeastern Sanliurfa Province, widely thought to have been carried out by ISIS on July 20.
More than one hundred Turkish security officials have been killed in militant attacks by the PKK and ISIS since the bombing.
In response to the PKK and ISIS attacks, Turkish security forces have reportedly stepped up efforts against the militant groups and killed more than one thousand PKK terrorists.
Turkish media has also reported that Leyla Imret, the mayor of Cizre, has been dismissed her seat by Turkey's Interior Ministry.
She was recently been accused by Cizre's prosecutor of “inciting armed rebellion against the Republic of Turkey, making propaganda for a terrorist organisation [the PKK], and mobilising people through hate and enmity.”
Speaking previously to Vice News, Imret said, “I can say we are mobilised in Cizre for a civil war in Turkey. The civil war will begin in Cizre.”
Imret belongs to the Democratic Regions Party (DRP), which is closely affiliated with the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).