Military operation on PKK kicks off as curfew declared in 21 Diyarbakır villages

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The Turkish military launched a large-scale operation on Monday night targeting the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır, while the government declared curfew in 21 villages.

Residents of 21 villages in the Diyarbakır districts of Lice, Hani, Silvan and Hazro are banned from going out starting from 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

According to a statement issued by the Diyarbakır Governor’s Office, shelters, warehouses and ammunition used by the PKK will be destroyed in the operation, as well as the group’s members based in mountainous and forestry areas. The statement said that the curfew was meant to protect life safety of the civilians and will continue until further notice.

In the meantime, the General Staff released a statement on Monday, saying that the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) struck five targets in the northern Iraqi areas of Kandil, Sinat and Haftanin.

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