CIZRE – Hundreds of Turkish army forces stormed the southeastern Kurdish-populated town of Cizre in Şırnak province under the pretext of pursuing rebels of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), local sources reported on Thursday.
“The army entered Cizre accompanied with dozens of tanks and armored vehicles,” a local media activist said. “A 24-hour curfew is now imposed on civilians in the town, as clashes broke out between a number of PKK rebels and the Turkish troops.”
PKK had installed several sand barriers in the vicinity of Cizre town in preparation for clashes with Turkish military troops.
“The army has removed all PKK barriers, and the clashes moved now to inside the town. Gun fire could be heard in populated neighborhoods,” the source reported.
In the meantime, the Turkish army said in a statement that 23 PKK rebels were killed in Thursday’s clashes in Şırnak province.
Similar clashes took place in the Silopi district of Şırnak province, where casualties fell on both sides.
Turkish state media confirmed that some 10,000 military forces are participating in the ongoing operation in Şırnak.
This comes amid deteriorating living conditions in Cizre and Silopi, which caused mass displacement among civilians who flee the mounting violence towards northern and western areas.
Reporting by: Jan Nasro
Source: ARA News
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