Dozens of civilian casualties reported as Turkey intensifies bombardment of Kurdish town

Kurdish civilians leaving Cizre town before Turkish authorities impose a curfew on the town. File photo

ARA News

CIZRE – The Turkish army on Friday intensified its bombardment in the Kurdish town of Cizre in Şırnak province southeast Turkey.

The military campaign on Cizre, which started two weeks ago, has caused the destruction infrastructure and residential buildings.

At least 16 civilians were killed and dozens more wounded since the start of the Turkish army operations in the Kurdish town. 

“The death toll included seven women and four children,” a local medical source confirmed to ARA News.

“Dozens others were injured in the artillery shelling,” the source said, adding that most of the wounded civilians are being treated in houses as the curfew prevents the medical teams from transferring people to the town’s hospital.

Cizre has been under curfew for 14 days, amid deteriorating living conditions. Thousands of people have escaped the town before the Turkish authorities imposed a curfew, while tens of thousands of others remain trapped in the town. 

The Turkish forces started the campaign under the pretext of pursuing rebels of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Responding the continuos military operations in Cizre, PKK fighters attacked on Friday a Turkish security unit in the town, killing two security members and wounding seven others.

Reporting by: Jan Nasro

Source: ARA News

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