ANKARA, Turkey – Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has announced that military operations against Kurdish rebels have ended in one mainly Kurdish southeastern town. The military is still fighting militants linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, in two other urban areas.
Davutoglu told reporters Tuesday during a visit to London that the operation in Silopi has ended "successfully" and a 24-hour curfew has now been eased. His comments were televised live in Turkey.
The security forces launched large-scale operations in Silopi, in the nearby town of Cizre and in Diyarbakir's Sur neighborhood to root out militants who set up barricades, dug trenches and primed explosives to keep authorities away.
A Turkish human rights group said as many as 162 civilians have died since August, caught up in the fighting.