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The second-largest city in southeastern Turkey with highly-developed infrastructure, Diyarbakir is gradually becoming a city of the dead and missing. The unofficial capital of the Kurdish area of Turkey, the city has seen repeated shelling since July 2015. It was placed under two curfews in December.
On March 16, following clashes between Kurdish militants and Turkish forces, Ankara once again imposed an indefinite curfew in some parts of the city.
Ever since the military operations were launched in the city, “tens of thousands” of people have been forced to flee their homes, according to reports from Republican Peoples Party (CHP) said.
Earlier in March, RT’s William Whiteman went to Diyarbakir to film testimonies of those mourning their loved ones lost as a result of the ongoing crackdown.
One of the most severely shelled areas of the city has become Sur district surrounded by UNESCO-listed Roman-era walls.
Whiteman spoke to the weeping mother of 17-year-old Rozerin Cukur, who was killed in a military bombardment of Sur while she was visiting the district with friends in early January. With access to the area now cut off by the fighting, her body has never been recovered.