The Levant News — The Turkish Army and police have entered the city of Silvan in southeastern Turkey, which has a mainly Kurdish population, reports say, adding that intensive gunfire and heavy artillery are rocking the city.
The Istanbul police department together with teams from the anti-terrorism branch launched the operation at 05:00 local time (02:00GMT), Dogan News Agency said.
A building is reportedly on fire following hits from Turkish Army artillery, reports on social media say.
Witnesses on Twitter said they heard intensive gunfire and heavy artillery.
Helicopters and armored vehicles have reportedly been deployed in at least three of the city’s neighborhoods. Ankara introduced a curfew in several areas of the city at 07:00 local time (04:00 GMT), according to media reports.
Photos posted on social media show military vehicles rumbling through deserted streets of the city.
There are conflicting reports about the number of casualties from the Turkish Army artillery assault. Social media reports say at least two were killed and five injured in the attack.
The city of Silvan (population 43,000) was the site of clashes between Turkish forces and members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in August 2015.
The PKK, founded in 1978, has been fighting Turkey since 1984. It is considered as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and NATO.