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Turkey: Smoke rises over battle-torn Cizre as curfew remains in force01:00

Turkey: Smoke rises over battle-torn Cizre as curfew remains in force

Turkey, Cizre
February 2, 2016 at 13:55 GMT +00:00 · Published

Smoke billowed from the embattled city of Cizre, Tuesday, as Turkish authorities continue to keep the Kurdish-majority settlement under curfew, reportedly blocking residents' access to emergency services at several locations across the city. As a result medical and rescue teams are unable to reach a collapsed building where six people have died and dozens remain trapped and injured.

Parliamentary group leader of the Peoples' Democratic Party, Idris Baluken, commented on the current siege of the south-eastern city earlier in the day, condemning the government's actions.

The HDP's parliamentary spokesperson held a presser on the crisis after a reported 31 people were left trapped in a basement for over 10 days. Over 20 of them are injured, with six of those trapped having already succumbed to their wounds. For over two days, there was no way to communicate with those in the basement.

Turkish authorities have purportedly denied emergency services and medical access to the site on 11 separate occasions. As rescue teams remain unable to reach the building, the bodies of the deceased cannot be removed from the basement. Several HDP members have gone on hunger strike, starting last Thursday, in protest against the Turkish government's response to unrest in Cizre.

Turkey: Smoke rises over battle-torn Cizre as curfew remains in force01:00
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Smoke billowed from the embattled city of Cizre, Tuesday, as Turkish authorities continue to keep the Kurdish-majority settlement under curfew, reportedly blocking residents' access to emergency services at several locations across the city. As a result medical and rescue teams are unable to reach a collapsed building where six people have died and dozens remain trapped and injured.

Parliamentary group leader of the Peoples' Democratic Party, Idris Baluken, commented on the current siege of the south-eastern city earlier in the day, condemning the government's actions.

The HDP's parliamentary spokesperson held a presser on the crisis after a reported 31 people were left trapped in a basement for over 10 days. Over 20 of them are injured, with six of those trapped having already succumbed to their wounds. For over two days, there was no way to communicate with those in the basement.

Turkish authorities have purportedly denied emergency services and medical access to the site on 11 separate occasions. As rescue teams remain unable to reach the building, the bodies of the deceased cannot be removed from the basement. Several HDP members have gone on hunger strike, starting last Thursday, in protest against the Turkish government's response to unrest in Cizre.

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