Twelve areas in Şırnak declared ‘special security zones’
Several regions in the province of Şırnak have been declared temporary special security zones.
Several regions in the northern Kurdish province of Şırnak have been declared temporary special security zones. According to the governor's office, the measure, which is initially limited to fifteen days, is designed to be preventive. The aim is to prevent national security and public order from being jeopardised and to prevent "violent incidents".
The order is related to a military operation that has been carried out in Şırnak against the Kurdish guerrillas for just over a week. The province, which borders the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) and thus the Medya Defence Zones controlled by the guerrillas, is home to the 23rd Infantry Division of the Turkish Land Forces. For the affected population, the measure means that a de facto state of emergency will prevail until the end of the month.
According to the current status, twelve places in Şırnak have been declared special security areas. These are located in the districts of Cizre, Silopi, Beytüşşebap, Uludere, Güçlükonak and in Şirnak. Among others, the four peaks of Mount Cudi, the Besta region, Kureyşîn, the Serin Walley and the Faraşin region are affected. The residents in the settlements and villages there were ordered by the governor's office to adhere to a curfew.