Turkey offers support to victims of PKK terror in southeastern Hakkari

Published 12.09.2017 15:45
Updated 12.09.2017 15:51
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The Turkish government is extending support to citizens from Yüksekova in southeastern Hakkari province that have been affected by PKK terrorist attacks.

The government continues to support families though monetary and psychosocial support that have been affected by violence following 2016 government operations against the PKK terrorist group in the city.

Family and Social Politics District Minister, Mehmet Akif Bildirici, told Anadolu Agency that after the curfew that had been placed on the city had ended, psychological support has been provided to 8,225 families in the past year.

"A payment of 3,011,978 Turkish lira ($90,000) was distributed to 2,453 families. Additionally, 1,281,000 TL ($372,817) worth of monthly payments were distributed to 1,335 people suffering with disabilities, along with an annual distribution of 16 million TL ($4,656,577)," he said.

In addition, children in need received 240,000 TL ($69,848) along with an annual 2.9 million TL ($844,004). Natal support of 1.4 million TL ($407,741) to 2,000 families has also been provided, Bildirici added.

The government also aims to return children to school that had recently dropped out or who work on the streets, while providing support to families who lost relatives to terrorism.

More than 1,200 people, including security force personnel and civilians, have been killed since the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and the EU -- resumed its decades-old armed campaign against the Turkish state in July 2015.

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