Turkey: opposition, 100,000 displaced in south-east violence

Amid curfew and militarized areas after end of truce with PKK

27 August, 14:04

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, AUGUST 27 - Almost 100,000 residents of south-east Turkey have been forced to abandon their homes due to emergency measures taken by Ankara's government due to violent clashes between security forces and Kurdish PKK militants, Levent Gok, former deputy whip of leading opposition Social democratic party Chp, told Zaman daily.

    According to data provided by Gok, about 100 areas across 15 provinces in the east and south-east have been declared ''temporary military security zones'', after a truce with Kurdish PKK ended in July. The truce had been in place since 2013.

    These security measures decided by the executive or local governors can last for a period ranging from 15 days to six months, an indefinite time forcing residents to leave their homes in order not to end up in the middle of clashes. According to the Chp, the situation reproduces the macro-region Ohal in south-east Turkey which was governed with an emergency legislation from 1987 until 2002.

    Thousands of people moreover left their homes during ceasefires imposed in various districts including Silvan, Semdinli, Varto and Yuksekova. (ANSAmed).

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