Diyarbakır Governorship has announced that operations would be carried out in Silvan district of the predominantly-Kurdish province of Diyarbakır in southeastern Turkey.
Due to the operations, curfew was declared as of 6 a.m. today (November 23) in Çaldere neighbourhood and Kaso hamlet of Silvan. The Governorship has not informed when the curfew would end.
In the statement issued on its official website, the Governorship has announced that operations would be carried out "in order to neutralize the members and cooperators of the Separatist Terrorist Organization that are active in the mountainous areas and the forested lands, to destroy their shelters, depots and anti-aircraft positions as well as to cease their ammunition".
The Governorship has also informed that along with the planned operations, curfew would be declared under the respective clauses of the Provincial Administration Law No. 5442 "in order to ensure the safety of the residents of these regions and the security of their property" and that the the curfew would be in effect as of Thursday, November 23, 2017, 6 a.m.
On November 16, Diyarbakır Governorship had announced that operations would be carried out in 12 neighbourhoods and hamlets in Silvan district and declared curfew in these regions. On the next day (November 17), curfew was declared in Diyarbakır's Kulp district as well.
Silvan is one of 17 districts of Turkey's southeastern Diyarbakır province. Its population is 86,000,663 with a surface area of 1,373 km2.
It consists of 11 neighborhoods, namely Yüksek, Konak, Cami, Feridun, Kale, Mescit, Tekel, Selahattin, Bağlar, Bahçelievler and Yenişehir.
It is 78 km away from Diyarbakır center.
Diyarbakır Governor: Hüseyin Aksoy
Silvan Sub-Governor: Murat Kütük
Co-Mayors are Yüksel Bodakçi and Melikşah Teke from Democratic Regions Party (DBP)
November 1, 2015 general election results: HDP (% 87,9), AKP (% 10,5), CHP (% 0,5), MHP (% 0,3)
June 7, 2015 general election results: HDP (% 88,9), AKP (5,70), CHP (% 0,34), MHP (% 0,80)
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