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Turkish authorities lift curfew in parts of Diyarbakir

  • Many of the buildings and roof-tops show recent damage from recent military clashes in parts of the historic district of the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey, Sunday, May 22, 2016.  Turkish authorities have lifted a long-standing curfew from parts of the historic district famed for its ancient city walls listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, following its security operations to flush out fighters thought to have links with a Kurdish armed movement. (AP Photo/Mahmut Bozarslan)

    Many of the buildings and roof-tops show recent damage from recent military clashes in parts of the historic district of the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey, Sunday, May 22, 2016. Turkish authorities have lifted a long-standing curfew from parts of the historic district famed for its ancient city walls listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, following its security operations to flush out fighters thought to have links with a Kurdish armed movement. (AP Photo/Mahmut Bozarslan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Residents on a nearby rooftop view damage in parts of the historic district of the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey, Sunday, May 22, 2016. Turkish authorities have lifted a long-standing curfew from parts of the historic district famed for its ancient city walls listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, following its security operations to flush out fighters thought to have links with a Kurdish armed movement. (AP Photo/Mahmut Bozarslan)

    Residents on a nearby rooftop view damage in parts of the historic district of the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey, Sunday, May 22, 2016. Turkish authorities have lifted a long-standing curfew from parts of the historic district famed for its ancient city walls listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, following its security operations to flush out fighters thought to have links with a Kurdish armed movement. (AP Photo/Mahmut Bozarslan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Residents stand by belongings salvaged from their damaged homes in parts of the historic district of the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey, Sunday, May 22, 2016.  Turkish authorities have lifted a long-standing curfew from parts of the historic district famed for its ancient city walls listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, following its security operations to flush out fighters thought to have links with a Kurdish armed movement. (AP Photo/Mahmut Bozarslan)

    Residents stand by belongings salvaged from their damaged homes in parts of the historic district of the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey, Sunday, May 22, 2016. Turkish authorities have lifted a long-standing curfew from parts of the historic district famed for its ancient city walls listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, following its security operations to flush out fighters thought to have links with a Kurdish armed movement. (AP Photo/Mahmut Bozarslan)  (The Associated Press)

Turkish authorities have lifted a long-standing curfew from parts of a historic neighborhood in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir.

Security operations to flush out youths and fighters linked to a Kurdish armed movement have been underway in Diyarbakir since December.

A focal point of those operations has been Sur, a district famed for its ancient city walls and Hevsel Gardens listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The authorities said Sunday they were lifting the curfew from several streets in the historic neighborhood after restoring security.

Turkish security forces are locked in a conflict with militants linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, in several parts of the southeast.

A peace process between the two parties collapsed last July.