Turkey lifts second curfew in southeastern Cizre town

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2015-09-14 12:25:20

The curfew has been lifted as of 7 a.m., local time (0400GMT)

Turkey lifts second curfew in southeastern Cizre town
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A curfew imposed in Turkey’s southeastern Cizre town since Sunday evening has been lifted, an official statement announced Monday.

Cizre town is located in Sirnak province.

This was the second curfew imposed in Cizre since Saturday, where security operations against PKK terrorist organization members were on going still.

The curfew began at 7 p.m., local time (0400GMT) Sunday and ended at 7 a.m., local time (0400GMT) Monday, the regional governor's office said in a statement.

The second curfew came within 36 hours of the first one, which lasted eight days and ended at 7 a.m., local time (0400GMT) Saturday.

Turkish security forces have been conducting anti-terrorist operations around Cizre and other provinces to counter PKK attacks.

Following a suicide bomb attack in July -- blamed on Daesh -- in the province of Sanliurfa that killed 33 people, PKK terrorist organization has renewed its armed campaign against Turkish forces.

The violence has stalled the "solution process”, officially launched in early 2013, which aimed at ending the 30-year conflict between the PKK and the Turkish state.

Since July, more than 100 members of the security forces have been martyred and hundreds of PKK terrorists killed in operations across Turkey and northern Iraq, including airstrikes.