Update March 13, 2016

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Turkey declares new 24-hour curfew for mainly-Kurdish town

Sumel Sarker

People walk past ruined buildings in Cizre, Turkey, early Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Turkish authorities on Wednesday scaled down a 24-hour curfew imposed on the mainly Kurdish town of Cizre in southeast Turkey, nearly three weeks after declaring the successful conclusion of military operations there. The curfew was lifted at 5 a.m., allowing residents to return to their conflict-stricken neighborhoods for the first time since Dec. 14. But it will remain in effect between 7:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. Residents began trickling back at first light, their vehicles loaded with personal belongings and, in some cases, children. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Turkey declares new 24-hour curfew for mainly-Kurdish town

13 March 2016, Nirapad News: Turkish authorities have declared a new 24-hour, indefinite curfew at a mainly-Kurdish town where Turkey’s security forces are set to launch a large-scale operation to battle Kurdish militants.

The local governor’s office said the curfew would take effect in the town of Yuksekova – near Turkey’s borders with Iraq and Iran – at 2000 GMT on Sunday. It said entering and leaving the town would also be banned. News reports say dozens of tanks have been deployed to Yuksekova.

Turkey has imposed curfews in several flashpoint districts in the southeast since August to root out militants linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, who had set up barricades, dug trenches and planted explosives.

The military operations have raised concerns over human rights violations and scores of civilian deaths.

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