The measure is taken ahead of a planned military operation targeting Kurdish militants in the region. Earlier, the army announced an end to another operation against the PKK in Nusaybin near the Syrian border and in Shirnak near the border with Iraq. Turkish security sources say more than 1,000 people, mostly PKK militants, have been killed in three months of clashes in those areas. The fighting resumed in Turkey’s largely Kurdish southeast last July after the collapse of a two-year-old ceasefire. P-K-K militants have been fighting for an independent Kurdish region in the country’s southeast since the 1980s. The conflict has killed over 40,000 people on both sides.
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