Military operation in south east nearly completed, says Turkey

The military operation against the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the south-eastern Turkish city of Cizre would be over soon, with only 1 per cent of the area still held by the PKK, Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala said in Ankara on Tuesday.

Fighting in the Sur quarter of the Kurdish city of Diyarbakir meanwhile was likely to continue for up to two weeks, Ala added.

The Turkish military has been fighting the PKK in the country's south-east since December, with clashes between security forces and the party's Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement, YDG-H.

Fighting is mainly concentrated in the cities of Cizre, Silopi and Diyarbakir's Sur quarter, where a curfew was imposed in December.

The Turkish government had declared the military operation in Silopi as "more or less" completed two weeks ago. The curfew has been lifted during daytime hours.

Last update: Tue, 02/02/2016 - 15:55
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