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Turkish authorities lift curfew in parts of Diyarbakir

Residents on a nearby rooftop view damage in parts of the historic district of the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey, Sunday, May 22, 2016. Turkish authorities have lifted a long-standing curfew from parts of the historic district famed for its ancient city walls listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, following its security operations to flush out fighters thought to have links with a Kurdish armed movement. (AP Photo/Mahmut Bozarslan)
May 22, 2016 - 5:00 AM

ISTANBUL - Turkish authorities have lifted a long-standing curfew from parts of a historic neighbourhood in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir.

Security operations to flush out youths and fighters linked to a Kurdish armed movement have been underway in Diyarbakir since December.

A focal point of those operations has been Sur, a district famed for its ancient city walls and Hevsel Gardens listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The authorities said Sunday they were lifting the curfew from several streets in the historic neighbourhood after restoring security.

Turkish security forces are locked in a conflict with militants linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, in several parts of the southeast.

A peace process between the two parties collapsed last July.

News from © The Associated Press, 2016
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