Turkish army storms Cizre city, pursues PKK members

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Kurdish protesters in Cizre, southeastern Turkey. File photo

ARA News

CIZRE – The Kurdish city of Cizre in southeastern Turkey has seen strict security measures over the past two days, amid continuous military campaign against members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), local sources reported on Saturday. 

“The Turkish authorities imposed a curfew on Cizre city in Şırnak province after arresting dozens of people under the pretext of affiliation with the PKK,” media activist Hesen Ciziri told ARA News.

On Friday, PKK fighters installed several barriers in Cizre suburbs in order to prevent Turkish army forces from entering the city. 

“However, the army attacked PKK fighters and destroyed their barriers before imposing a curfew on the whole city,” the source said.

“Cizre is currently surrounded by Turkish forces. All roads are blocked. This situation has caused a state of panic among civilians.”

Speaking to ARA News in Cizre, Kurdish activist Ebdu Anter said that sporadic clashes took place between the PKK fighters and Turkish army forces on Saturday.  

“The PKK should remove its barriers form the city and move the clashes to outside Cizre in order to avoid civilian casualties, because the Turkish army opens fire in all directions regardless of the civilian population that resides the targeted neighborhoods,” Anter added.

The source added that the Turkish authorities prevented Saturday a Kurdish delegation from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) from entering Cizre.

“The HDP delegation was trying to hold talks with the PKK members in Cizre in order to reach a truce with the Turkish military and save civilian lives,” Anter said.

Reporting by: Eyaz Ciziri and Jan Nasro

Source: ARA News  

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