Siege of Silvan (2015)

In November 2015, Turkish Security Forces launched the siege of Silvan[1] - an operation and a curfew in the city of Silvan, directed against the PKK-affiliated group YDG-H.[2] The curfew was started on November 3 and lifted on November 14, during the time the military and police forces held anti-terror operations in the three neighborhoods of Konak, Mescit and Tekel.[1] The Turkish military has deployed helicopters and tanks against the town, and locals have warned that its 90,000 residents are running low on food, water and electricity.[2]

Siege of Silvan
Part of Kurdish–Turkish conflict (2015–present)
Date3-14 November 2015 (1 week and 4 days)


Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)

Casualties and losses
1 gendarmerie and 2 policemen killed[1] 10 killed[1]
2 civilians killed


On October 2, 2015, the Turkish military raided Silvan with the support of artillery.[3]


At least 7 people had been killed in the siege as of November 11, 2015, including 2 civilians and a police man.[2]

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