Operations expected in southeast amid deadly clashes, curfews and exodus
As deadly violence continues in several towns in Turkey’s southeast, many schools stayed closed on Dec. 14 as large numbers of people left their homes, amid reports that the security forces were preparing a large-scale operation against the outlawed terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Two people were killed in pre-curfew clashes between protesters and security forces in Diyarbakır’s central Sur district, while two others were wounded.
Most shops remained closed in the city while public transport was halted and garbage collection was stopped.
As in other towns in the region where clashes have continued amid curfews, many students did not go to school in Sur.
Elsewhere, many people left their homes in the towns of Cizre and Silopi in the province of Şırnak before the announced start of another curfew scheduled for 11 p.m. on Dec. 14.
Military transport planes landed at Şırnak’s Şerafettin Elçi Airport, unloading soldiers and special forces.