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Video: War-torn Kurdish city defiant despite Turkish offensive

© FRANCE 24 | The war-torn streets of Turkey's southeastern city of Nusaybin

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-01-14

In Nusaybin, a city in Turkey's predominantly Kurdish southeast, residents have built barricades and dug trenches to fend off the Turkish military, which has imposed a round-the-clock curfew in the region for more than a month.

Violence has flared in southeast Turkey ever since peace talks between the separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the government collapsed in July.

Members of the PKK in Nusaybin have declared autonomy from Turkey’s government, taking Syrian Kurdistan across the border as their model.

Turkey’s military have staged repeated operations targeting the city over the past few months, reducing some buildings to rubble.

But Nusaybin’s residents remain defiant, tearing cobblestones from the city’s crater-marked streets to build barricades.

“We're going to stay here, next to these barricades. They can come and kill us if they want, we're not afraid! We're all going to die some day!” Zeki Cicek, who lives in Nusaybin, told FRANCE 24.

Other cities and towns in the region have also been hit by Turkish military operations, which have claimed the lives of 87 civilians since the curfew came into effect in December, according to the pro-Kurdish HDP party.

Date created : 2016-01-14

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