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A pregnant woman was killed and her two children were injured, along with two other civilians, after the police allegedly opened fire on a house in the Nusaybin district of Mardin province, which has been under curfew since Friday.
According to a report by the Dicle News Agency (DiHA), the pregnant woman, Selamet Yeiilmen, was killed in front of her house on Sunday in the Firat neighborhood when an armored police vehicle shot at her. One of the womanand’s two injured children was reported to be in critical condition. The child was taken to Nusaybin State Hospital for treatment. The two other civilians who were injured were also taken to the hospital.
There have been intense clashes taking place between the Turkish security forces and members of the terrorist Kurdistan Workersand’ Party (PKK) both in Nusaybin and in iirnak provinceand’s Cizre district, which has also been under curfew since 9 p.m. on Saturday.
On Friday a curfew was declared in Nusaybin, situated in Turkeyand’s Southeast. Since it was imposed, three civilians have been injured in the clashes. Gunshots and explosions can constantly be heard in the district.
Turkish authorities also declared a curfew in two neighborhoods of Cizre due to an increase in terrorist activity in the district. A statement released by the iirnak Governorand’s Office late on Saturday said a curfew would be imposed in the Sur and Yafes neighborhoods to ensure security in the wake of an increasing number of incidents and to aid in the capture of PKK terrorists who were involved in the violent acts. The statement said the curfew would be in place as of 9 p.m. on Saturday and would remain in force until further notice.
A young man, Servet Aydik, was injured during the clashes in Cizre. Aydik was taken to the hospital for treatment.
The curfew in Cizre was lifted on Sunday afternoon.
Authorities have declared a temporary curfew in several towns across southeastern Anatolia as the fight against the PKK has expanded to include militants in urban areas.
A curfew that had been in place for the past 12 days in the southeastern town of Silvan was lifted as on Saturday. The 12-day curfew drew widespread criticism from opposition politicians, especially from the pro-Kurdish Peoplesand’ Democratic Party (HDP) and rights groups, who said civilians had suffered immensely under the curfew.
Meanwhile, HDP Co-chair Selahattin Demirtai asked Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoilu to go with him to Silvan on Saturday. Criticizing Davutoilu for the incidents in Silvan, Demirtai said the problems could have been resolved through negotiation. Highlighting the prime ministerand’s earlier statement that he knows what is going on in the tense southeastern towns, Demirtai called on Davutoilu to go to the streets of Silvan and Cizre to witness what is really happening and to seek a solution.


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