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WHAT MAKES A WAR

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    The funeral of 14-year-old Yilmaz Gegim and 21-year-old Ferhat Karaduman on March 5, 2016 in Sirnak, Cizre, Turkey. They who died during the fight between Turkish Army and Kurdish Rebels in Cizre.
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    A woman looks into the street from door of her destroyed house. March 2, 2016. Sirnak, Cizre, Turkey.
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    The main street of Idil. The city witnessed a fight between Turkish Army and Kurdish Rebels over the past 3 months. April 20, 2016. Sirnak, Idil, Turkey.
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    A destroyed car after the war. March 3, 2016. Sirnak, Cizre, Turkey.
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    After 3 months of battle, a curtain hangs out of the window of a ruined house. March 3, 2016. Sirnak, Cizre, Turkey.
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    Inside the house of Yafes neighborhood in Cizre. March 2, 2016. Sirnak, Cizre, Turkey.
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    A portrait of woman standing with her baby and child front of her house. April 20, 2016. Sirnak, Idil, Turkey.
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    A garden damaged from fighting. March 4, 2016. Sirnak, Cizre, Turkey.
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    The Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H), the militant youth wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), has been acting as a paramilitary force in Nusaybin, and the militants have carved trenches and set up barricades to try to prevent security Forces from accessing popular neighborhoods. Here, a YDG-H fighter standing behind the barricade, in one of the militia’s barricades. March 1, 2016. Mardin, Nusaybin, Turkey.
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    Two children stand between the ruins in Sirnak, Cizre in Turkey on March 2, 2016.
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    Inside the house in the Yafes neighborhood in Cizre. March 2, 2016. Sirnak, Cizre, Turkey.
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    Inside the house of Cudi neighborhood in cizre. Date: 04/03/2016 Sirnak, Cizre - Turkey
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    A woman standing with portrait of her husband who died the war between Turkish Army and PKK. According to the Turkish State, more than 7,000 member of PKK militants are dead in the aftermath of Cizre. March 5, 2016. Sirnak, Cizre, Turkey.
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    After 3 months of operations and curfew, civilians returned home. A dead body of a man who has died during the city war is discovered. March 2, 2016. Sirnak, Cizre, Turkey.
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    A kitchen destroyed from the fighting. March 4, 2016. Sirnak, Cizre, Turkey.
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    The biggest Hotel of Cizre was used as base during the war between Kurdish Rebels and Turkish Army. March 6, 2016. Sirnak, Cizre, Turkey.
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    A family leaving Cizre after the war. They are collecting their belongings from the ruins and moving away. March 3, 2016. Sirnak, Cizre, Turkey.
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    A father waits between the ruins of a house with his son in his arms. March 4, 2016. Sirnak, Cizre, Turkey.
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    A checkpoint inside Sur. April 17, 2016. Diyarbakir, Sur, Turkey.
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    The funeral of 14-year-old Yilmaz Gegim and 21-year-old Ferhat Karaduman on March 5, 2016 in Sirnak, Cizre, Turkey. They who died during the fight between Turkish Army and Kurdish Rebels in Cizre.
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    A man standing in the center of ruins looking for his house. Date: 04/03/2016 Sirnak, Cizre - Turkey
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    A woman standing inside her damaged house in Silopi. Date: 04/03/2016 Sirnak, Silopi - Turkey
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    Inside the house in Nur neighborhood in Cizre. March 4, 2016. Sirnak, Cizre, Turkey.
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    A street after an intense battle from Cizre. March 3, 2016. Sirnak, Cizre, Turkey.
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    A barricade set up by Kurdish Rebels used in a fight against the Turkish Army along with bomb mechanisms. March 1, 2016. Mardin, Nusaybin, Turkey.
What Makes a War

In December of 2015, the Turkish government launched an operation with tanks, armored cars, and ten thousand military personnel in towns in mainly Kurdish regions. The purpose of this operation was to lift barricades and fill ditches created by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and The Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H), with the motivation of autonomy across the Kurdish region.

The operation is still continuing and at least 7,000 people have lost their lives and more than 350,000 people have been displaced. Most of the houses were emptied due to curfews in the cities where the operation continues. In following months, the Turkish Government is planning to extend the operation.

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