The worst violence for twenty years?
- Operations in Cizre, Silopi and Sur
- 261 PKK fighters killed – Turkish military
- ECHR gives Ankara until Jan 8 to explain curfew
What is happening?
Turkish tanks are pounding Kurdish militant outposts as part of a military campaign to push the group back in the country’s southeast.
This is Nur neighborhood of #Cizre in #Sirnak province where endless curfews are in effect via
FaysalSaryldz</a> # <a href="https://t.co/Xe3GzEoWij">pic.twitter.com/Xe3GzEoWij</a></p>— Mutlu Civiroglu (mutludc) December 29, 2015
#Turkey deploying special commandos to #Cizre,
ugur_ergan</a> reports <a href="https://t.co/cHkAs78aWc">https://t.co/cHkAs78aWc</a> <a href="https://t.co/PTwbetvzpb">pic.twitter.com/PTwbetvzpb</a></p>— Hurriyet Daily News (HDNER) December 30, 2015
Observers say it is some of the worst violence in the predominantly Kurdish area since the 1990s.
Residents flee for their lives
— Zaman Gazetesi (@zamancomtr) January 2, 2016
— Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) December 30, 2015
Kurds fleeing Cizre in winter cold, cursing the Turkish regime “They destroyed our homes, we dont know where to go” pic.twitter.com/UJqFJtzfGD
— Gilgo (@dijraberi) January 1, 2016
Locals are fleeing for their lives, taking only what they can carry.
“We are heading out of town,” said one woman, “They are using tanks to shell us and attack us with mortars. We must go to another region.”
The fighting in numbers
The head of Turkey’s armed forces says at least 261 PKK fighters have been killed in an ongoing operation in Cizre, Sur and Silopi.
Three militant fighters have been killed and three more captured in the ongoing operation in Cizre.
179 militants have been killed in the region so far.
Five militants have been killed here, according to the official military account.
27 militant fighters have been “eliminated” in the region.
One militant has been killed and three barricades have been destroyed, according to military reports.
A total of 55 PKK fighters have been killed in the operations so far.
What about human rights?
Concerns have been raised about the human rights implications of the military operation in the Cizre region, in particularly the imposition of a curfew.
The European Court of Human Rights has given Ankara until the 8th of January to give more details about its reasons for the curfew.
European court requests Turkish gov’t defense over Cizre curfew until Jan. 8 https://t.co/qb2OCu3Upr
— MFS – The Other News (@MFS001) January 2, 2016
What people are saying?
— Jacob (@JacobLinn1) January 2, 2016
— BerNa (@em_bernadin) December 30, 2015
— Firat News Agency (@anfenglish) December 28, 2015
— Capulcu Tonella (@diehimbeertonis) January 2, 2016