Curfew imposed on 3 districts in Mardin

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Turkish soldiers prepare themselves for military action during a curfew on February 26, 2016 at Diyarbakir's historical Sur district, eastern Turkey. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN

The Mardin Governor’s Office on Sunday declared a curfew in three districts of the province as part of the fight against terrorism.

A statement released by the governor’s office said that a curfew will be in effect in nine neighborhoods of the Nusaybin, Ömerli and Artuklu districts as there will be operations to seize materials used by Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists.

Following the breakdown of a cease-fire in July 2015 between the PKK and the Turkish authorities, clashes broke out between people affiliated with the PKK and Turkish security forces. In response to declarations of “self-governance,” the building of barricades and digging of trenches in many southeastern towns, authorities began imposing 24-hour curfews and carrying out heavily militarized security operations in the region.

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