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Turkey to lift curfew in embattled town of Cizre

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overnment says up to 32 outlawed PKK fighters killed in Cizre, as pro-Kurdish party contends civilian death toll is 21.

Turkey has said it will lift a week-long curfew in a southeastern town imposed to support a military operation against Kurdish rebels but which has also fuelled fears of a possible humanitarian crisis.

The curfew in Cizre, in place since September 4, will end on Saturday at 7am (04:00 GMT), said a statement from the Sirnak province governor, Ali Ihsan Su.

The operation against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters had sparked concern for Cizre’s inhabitants, with reports of food running out, residents unable to seek urgent treatment and even burials impossible.

“During this time, our security forces carried out a successful operation against members of the Separatist Terror Organisation,” the statement said, using the customary official term for the PKK.

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