Turkey rolls back curfew in mainly Kurdish town

Turkey is rolling back a 24-hour curfew imposed on the mainly Kurdish town of Cizre nearly three weeks after declaring the successful conclusion of military operations there.

The curfew was lifted at 5 a.m. on Wednesday allowing residents to return to their conflict-stricken neighborhoods for the first time since December 14. But it will remain in effect at night between 7:30 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The town near the borders of Syria and Iraq, is one of a handful of mainly Kurdish districts where security forces conducted operations against militants linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.

On Feb. 11, security forces in Cizre declared victory over the Kurdish rebels, who had raised barricades, dug trenches and planted explosives to protect the area in which they aspired for self-rule.