Turkey imposes curfew in one district of mainly Kurdish southeast

Turkish authorities on Monday declared military curfews in the Derik district of the southeastern province of Mardin, secular opposition daily Cumhuriyet reported.

The Turkish army is to conduct military operations in the region against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the provincial governor’s office said in a statement. The PKK has fought an armed campaign for self-rule in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast since 1984.

Turkish authorities have introduced a series of curfews to allow military operations since peace talks between the government and the PKK broke down in August 2015.

At least 351 curfews have been declared in 11 provinces and 51 districts in Turkey since then 2015, according to data from the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TIHV). 

Between 355,000 and half a million people, mostly Kurdish, have been displaced by the fighting since July 2015, according to a 2017 United Nations report.