The southeastern Hakkari province’s gendarmerie command issued a mandatory evacuation order on Friday, telling villagers to evacuate the highlands on Mount Kato.
The order was sent out in letters to Pınarca, Kamışlı, Çaylıca and Kamal village heads, asking for immediate evacuation of the higlands that lie on the Hakkari side of Mount Kato.
The reason for the evacuation order was reported as to protect civilians from potential harm in the face of increased military operations on and near the mountain.
Meanwhile, a 20-vehicle military convoy moved into the Hakkari Mountain and Commando Brigade Command.
Armored vehicles named “Kirpi” (Hedgehog), which can resist landmine explosions, were to be sent to Mount Kato, the report said.