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Residents return to ruined Turkish city of Cizre after partial lifting of curfew


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Residents return to ruined Turkish city of Cizre after partial lifting of curfew

Turkey has partially lifted a strict curfew that has been in force in the southeastern city of Cizre for the past two and a half months.

New images show the destruction from weeks of fighting, with many residents returning to find their homes in ruins.

A full curfew remains in force in the district of Sur and a partial one is in force in the town of Silopi.

The Turkish army says it has been targeting armed militants of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, saying more than 660 have been what it calls “neutralised” in Cizre alone.

But human rights groups say dozens of civilians have been killed, with one Turkish group giving a figure of close to 200 after recent fighting.

Turkey rejects criticism of its operations, including that the curfews have cut people off from basic supplies and medical help.

The UN has also called on Turkey to investigate reports of unarmed civilians being shot by security forces.

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