Police raids in southeastern cities of Turkey: 38 people arrested

Turkish police detained 74 people in home raids held in southeastern cities of Diyarbakır, Elazığ and Hakkari, independent news site Gazete Karınca said on Friday. 

The Diyarbakır Governorate said in a statement that the operations had been launched against the members of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and Kurdish Communities Union (KCK). 

A Turkish court officially arrested 38 of the detainees while 36 were released conditionally, according to Gazete Karınca.

The statement said the detainees were suspected of making propaganda on behalf of a terrorist organisation, providing financial support, assisting to recruit new members and facilitating shelters for terrorists. 

Mukhtars (neighbourhood heads) of some villages, where pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) won the majority in the June 24 elections, are among the detainees, Mezopotamya news agency said.

The Turkish government has detained about 11,000 HDP members in the last two years and imprisoned 4,500 of them with the operations mainly in predominantly Kurdish cities, according to HDP member of parliament Ayhan Bilgen.