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In Turkey: Two police officers killed in Kurdish southeast

The curfew was implemented at a similar time to lockdowns in the towns of Silopi and Cizre in Sirnak province as well as the Sur district of the city of Diyarbakir which remain in place and have ignited controversy over the humanitarian cost of the measures.

“In 2015, 3,100 terrorists were neutralized in operations at home and overseas”, he says referring to the military operations on PKK strongholds in southeastern Turkey and northern Iraq. A total of 55 PKK militants have been killed in the operations.

Four policemen were injured during unauthorized protests in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir province, Anadolu agency reported with the reference to security sources said on Thursday.

Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast has plunged back into some of its worst violence since the 1990s after a two-year ceasefire between the PKK and the state collapsed in July.

“Contrary to the claims of ensuring peace and security, the authorities create fear and terror among the people, recklessly kill civilians and destroy cultural heritage”, the party said in a statement Wednesday.

In a repeat of scenes that have become familiar over the last days, police in Diyabarkir used tear gas and water cannon to prevent protesters from marching on the Sur district.

Since the PKK launched its insurgency, fighting has been largely in the countryside, but the latest violence has focused on urban areas, where the PKK youth wing has set up barricades and dug trenches to keep security forces out.

Five militants have been killed here, according to the official military account.

But opponents say the use of force has been excessive, with civilians killed. The conflict has left tens of thousands dead.

During the past week, Turkish tanks and artillery have pounded Kurdish targets across several southeast cities, killing at least 200 militants and more than 150 civilians, according to human rights groups and local officials.

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