Kurdish forces in full control of Kurdish town of Varto in Mus province

VARTO (ANF) – While the curfew continues in Varto district of Muş where Kurdish people have taken control since Sunday morning, the district is witnessing an intense activity of Cobra type helicopters.

Amidst gunshots being heard from various locations in the district, the people remain stuck in houses due to the ongoing curfew declared by Muş Governorate in Varto at 08:30 this morning.

A local resident ANF reached via phone warned that a military intervention could have unfavorable consequences. The civilian by the name of Murat Güler stated that clashes in the district have been going on since yesterday, while no electricity was provided to the district all night long.

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“There were trenches everywhere when we woke up in the morning. Clashes continue at some points at the moment. The entrance and exit of the city is also blocked with trenches. Both electricity and water has been cut off. A military intervention could have unfavorable consequences because the events are taking place amidst the local people themselves. We all are watching the happenings with concern. Smokes are rising in some places but we do not know why.”

Kurdish forces control streets of Varto after sealing the town from all sides earlier Sunday. Photo: DIHA
Kurdish forces control streets of Varto after sealing the town from all sides earlier Sunday. Photo: DIHA

Another local source told that Turkish soldiers sent from nearby provinces and districts have been deployed in the building of Rural Services located on Varto-Muş road, adding that gunshots were mainly heard from that area.

Besides the power and water cut, telephone network is also interrupted very often.

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