The Bingöl Governor’s Office on Sunday declared a curfew in 20 villages and at least 83 neighborhoods in the eastern province of Bingöl as part of operations against members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
According to the statement the curfew will be in effect from 5 p.m. until a second notice is issued in 21 neighborhoods of the Lice, Hani, Kocaköy and Silvan districts of Diyarbakır province.
Among the villages are Genç, Karcı, Yelkaya, Üçgül, Döşekkaya, Direkli, Ericek, Servi, Harmancık, Çoban Çeşmesi, Sarıbudak, Yaydere, Büyükçağ, Çevirme, Yayla, Şehitköy, Yeniyazı, Doğanca, Bulgurluk are Yolaçt, while the neighborhoods are as follows:
Ekincik, Dergek, Koyunlu, Ekmekli, Demirlibağ, Karaoluk, Boğaziçi, Gökçebağ, Gelincik, Gölyanı, Arıtaş, Büyükköy, İbrahimler, Sancaklı, Küplüce, Kocakaya, Usluca, Taşören, Ekinli, Çomak, Aktoprak, Dedeçavuş Erdem, Yeniçevre, Armağanlı, Doludere, Oluklu, Evrencik, Bançebaşı, Saklıca, Ericek, Akıncı, Akçasüt, Çetinkaya, Toklu, Coşkunlar, Varvusan, Selila, Mezraa, Hasenan, Taşkapı, Üzümcük, Mezraayısağır, Havrir, Çiçekli, Tepecik, Eskiköy, Bağış, Ulutaş, Alan, Kilimli, Yazmalı, Savaş, Taşkapı, Aslancık, Yuvalı, Gümüşlü, Köklü, Açıkkalın, Kazancık, Fırat, Kaldırım, Işıkoluk, Tepecik, Kirişli, Konacık, Yumrulu, Tımarlı, Abdi, Kulincik, Arpaçay, Düzyayla, Dibek, Bürnek, Develi, Direkli, Bulgurlu, Sağlık, Çevreli, Kozankaya, Ürünlü, Karaoluk.
Turkish authorities had conducted direct talks with jailed PKK chief Abdullah Öcalan for several years until a truce in effect collapsed in the summer of 2015. Since then, there have been heavy clashes between the PKK and Turkish security forces.
More than 40,000 people, including 5,500 security force members, have been killed in four decades of fighting between the Turkish state and the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU.