Suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants attacked and killed at least two people and wounded one other in the Özalp district (Van province) on Thursday, May 14. The militants reportedly attacked two aid workers who were delivering aid amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, before fleeing the scene. A large security operation is currently ongoing in the area as security forces try to capture the assailants.
Similar attacks are possible in the Van province over the near term.
Turkey has faced a Kurdish insurgency since 1984, spearheaded by the PKK, which was renewed in 2015 following the dissolution of a ceasefire. The conflict has left over 40,000 people dead since 1984 and associated violence continues to pose a significant security risk in southeastern Turkey.
Individuals in the affected area are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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