The situation in the Kurdish cities has escalated. The population fears the preparation of a massacre by the Turkish military. Tens of thousands of residents are fleeing Diyarbakir. Clashes are escalating between the residents and the Turkish police and army. Residents fear that a major attack by the military is imminent. But there is some evidence, reports Kurdish media. A curfew
has been imposed as of December 14 in the areas around Cizre and Silopi. Specifically, this means that residents can’t leave their houses day or night because everything that moves is shot at. But the civilian population is obliged to leave their homes in order to provide themselves with drinking water and food.
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