Turkey launches large-scale operations against PKK

The Turkish Armed Forces launched large-scale operations against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the country's southwestern province of Diyarbakir, the Turkish media reported Jan. 9.

Reportedly, as part of the operation, a curfew has been declared in 69 villages of the province.

Earlier, as part of the fight against the PKK, a curfew was declared in two southeastern provinces of Turkey (Batman and Sirnak).

The conflict between Turkey and the PKK, which demands the creation of an independent Kurdish state, has continued for more than 30 years and has claimed more than 40,000 lives.

The UN and the European Union list the PKK as a terrorist organization.