People of Şırnak return to city in ruins after 246-day curfew

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A woman reacts as she arrives to Sirnak city on November 14, 2016 after a 246-day curfew was partially lifted. The curfew in Sirnak, a city of 290,000, was imposed on March 14 as part of operations to eradicate the PKK from eastern Turkey. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN

People are finally able to return to their hometown of Şırnak in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish Southeast after a 246-day curfew only to find their homes demolished.

In the above photo, a woman reacts as she arrives in Şırnak on Monday after a partial elimination of the curfew. Şırnak is a city of 290,000, and a curfew was imposed on March 14 as part of operations against the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Peple wait at a police check point prior to enter Sirnak city on November 14, 2016, after a 246-day curfew was partially lifted. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN
Peple wait at a police check point prior to enter Sirnak city on November 14, 2016, after a 246-day curfew was partially lifted. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN
People walk toward Sirnak city on November 14, 2016, after a 246-day curfew was partially lifted. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN
People walk toward Sirnak city on November 14, 2016, after a 246-day curfew was partially lifted. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN
People arrive at Sirnak city on November 14, 2016  after a 246-day curfew was partially lifted. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN
People arrive at Sirnak city on November 14, 2016 after a 246-day curfew was partially lifted. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN
People stand amidst the rubble in Sirnak city on November 14, 2016, after a 246-day curfew was partially lifted. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN
People stand amidst the rubble in Sirnak city on November 14, 2016, after a 246-day curfew was partially lifted. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN
People arrive in Sirnak city on November 14, 2016, after a 246-day curfew was partially lifted. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN
People arrive in Sirnak city on November 14, 2016, after a 246-day curfew was partially lifted. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN
Damaged buildings are seen in Sirnak city on November 14, 2016, after a 246-day curfew was partially lifted. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN
Damaged buildings are seen in Sirnak city on November 14, 2016, after a 246-day curfew was partially lifted. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN
Damaged buildings are seen on November 14, 2016 in Sirnak after a 246-day curfew was partially lifted. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN
Damaged buildings are seen on November 14, 2016 in Sirnak after a 246-day curfew was partially lifted. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN
A man stands near a damaged building upon his arrival in Sirnak city on November 14, 2016  after a 246-day curfew was partially lifted. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN
A man stands near a damaged building upon his arrival in Sirnak city on November 14, 2016 after a 246-day curfew was partially lifted. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN
Damaged buildings are seen on November 14, 2016 in Sirnak after a 246-day curfew was partially lifted. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN
Damaged buildings are seen on November 14, 2016 in Sirnak after a 246-day curfew was partially lifted. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN
People prepare food after arriving in Sirnak city on November 14, 2016, after a 246-day curfew was partially lifted. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN
People prepare food after arriving in Sirnak city on November 14, 2016, after a 246-day curfew was partially lifted. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN

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