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    Residents Return to Mainly Kurdish Turkish Town

    People walk past ruined buildings in Cizre, Turkey, early Wednesday, March 2, 2016.
    People walk past ruined buildings in Cizre, Turkey, early Wednesday, March 2, 2016.
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    Residents returned to Turkey's mainly Kurdish town of Cizre on Wednesday to find many of their homes damaged or destroyed after the government lifted a months-long 24-hour curfew.

    Turkey has been pressing an offensive against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the southeastern part of the country since July and has shut off parts of cities with curfews and security operations.  President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged to continue until every one of the militants is defeated.

    In Cizre, the 24-hour curfew went into effect in December and has been relaxed to apply only between 7:30 p.m. and 5 a.m.

    WATCH: Video footage from Cizre

    Residents Return to Devastated Cizre, Turkeyi
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    March 02, 2016 4:07 PM
    Residents returned to Turkey's mainly Kurdish town of Cizre on Wednesday to find many of their homes damaged or destroyed after the government lifted a months-long 24-hour curfew.

    Three weeks ago, Interior Minister Efkan Ala declared operations against the PKK were over in Cizre after the army killed nearly 600 militants.  Kurdish activists disputed the number of militant deaths and said dozens of civilians were killed.

    Rights groups, including Human Rights Watch, have criticized Turkey's military, saying it needs to control its forces and investigate civilian casualties. 

    HRW also called on Kurdish armed groups to stop putting up barricades, digging trenches and planting explosives.

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    by: betterlife from: Turkey
    March 03, 2016 2:21 AM
    The militants lost their humanity and their hearts in pkk. So the militants are not normal human. They have guns and they are killing every day people of Turkey.They are like murderer, killer and devil. They are enemy of state, enemy of muslims, enemy of turks and enemy of kurds wihich dont like them. They are completely evil and harmfull for People of Cizre and for all humanity life.

    by: shadow
    March 02, 2016 1:49 PM
    Please use terrorist organizasion term when you mention about PKK.please check list of terrorist organization released by USA and EU.Turkey doesn't have any problem kurds who is living turkey.only problem with Terrorist organization of PKK.Turkey goverment is fighting only terrrorist.Goverment forces clashes with terrorist who dicth around town for preparations like ISIS in sryia.PKK terrorist made a suicide attack in Ankara capital of turkey.they killed 26 People include 8 years old girl like ISIS in sryia.What is difference between ISIS and PKK? Please think again.

    by: Octavio
    March 02, 2016 9:18 AM
    Calling everybody who opposes you 'terrorists' - be it Kurds, Turks, or neither of them - and jail them, shot them, or even behead them (what Turkish Army has repeatedly commited against the so-called terrorists) is no different than what ISIS and Al-Qaida do to their opponents (or the so-called 'infidels'), and these are all absoloute war crimes. Selling arms to war criminals is also an act of crime against humanity.

    by: Mike
    March 02, 2016 8:38 AM
    Can you tell me what is difference between Assad and Erdogan?

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