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War on Kurdistan

After closing down the peace process in July, the Turkish government is now conducting a war against its Kurdish population.

During October and November, government military operations included tank and artillery bombardment, sniper fire, curfews and house demolition in Kurdish towns including Cizre, Dargecit, Silopi and Silvan.

The PKK Kurdish guerrilla army formally ended its unilateral ceasefire on 5 November. This was the day after Turkish president Recep Tayypi Erdogan said he would ‘liquidate’ every single PKK fighter.

Nils Muiznieks, human rights commissioner for the council of Europe, said on 18 November that Turkey’s ‘frequent and widespread’ use of curfews was disproportionate and unnecessary.

The co-chairwoman of the pro-Kurdish party, the HDP, Figen Yuksekdag said on 22 November: ‘We need to resume the peace process, it’s the only way to solve the problem.’