Turkish authorities partially lift curfew in Kurdish areas

Turkish authorities have partially lifted a curfew in Kurdish areas in southeast Turkey where military operations were underway.

The curfew was relaxed as of 5 a.m. on Monday in the Yuksekova district and a village in Hakkari province, according to local officials.

A night-time curfew, however, will remain in place from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. The curfew is to be loosened further during Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting.

On Sunday, the office of the governor of Hakkari said damage to the areas, which had been under full curfew since March, will be assessed and merchants compensated.

Southeast Turkey has been the scene of intense fighting between security forces and rebels linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.

A peace process between the two parties collapsed last July.