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Turkey: Cizre buries its dead after government lifts curfew02:07

Turkey: Cizre buries its dead after government lifts curfew

Turkey, Cizre
September 13, 2015 at 13:17 GMT -00:00 · Published

Residents of Cizre marched through the Kurdish-majority city on Sunday, mourning the dozens of people who died after violence escalated between Turkish security forces and Kurdish militants earlier in the week.

The grieving families and relatives carried coffins of the deceased draped in Kurdish colours in a funeral cortage to the cemetery, where a massive funeral service took place.

An eight-day curfew imposed on Cizre in the south-eastern province of Sirnak was lifted by local authorities at 7 am local time (04:00 GMT) on Saturday.

The city was sealed off on September 4 when Turkish security and armed forces started an operation against Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) fighters. According to army officials, they were conducting an operation to arrest "terrorists." The Turkish military reportedly killed at least 30 members of the PKK in the operation, describing it as "successful." Kurdish residents say many of those who lost their lives were in fact civilians, including children.

Turkey: Cizre buries its dead after government lifts curfew02:07
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Residents of Cizre marched through the Kurdish-majority city on Sunday, mourning the dozens of people who died after violence escalated between Turkish security forces and Kurdish militants earlier in the week.

The grieving families and relatives carried coffins of the deceased draped in Kurdish colours in a funeral cortage to the cemetery, where a massive funeral service took place.

An eight-day curfew imposed on Cizre in the south-eastern province of Sirnak was lifted by local authorities at 7 am local time (04:00 GMT) on Saturday.

The city was sealed off on September 4 when Turkish security and armed forces started an operation against Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) fighters. According to army officials, they were conducting an operation to arrest "terrorists." The Turkish military reportedly killed at least 30 members of the PKK in the operation, describing it as "successful." Kurdish residents say many of those who lost their lives were in fact civilians, including children.

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