Turkish security forces are blocking members of parliament from the main pro-Kurdish party from marching to the embattled city of Cizre near the Iraqi border on Thursday.
Private Dogan News Agency says that parliamentarians said they wanted to draw attention to what they call "state of emergency conditions." The city has been a flashpoint in the conflict between Kurdish militants and security services since the breakdown of a peace process in recent months. The city's local government has enforced a curfew since Friday.
Selahattin Demirtas, co-chair of the pro-Kurdish HDP, described the curfew as a blockade and said residents were struggling to get food and clean water.
At a news conference, Turkish Interior Minister Selami Altinok said that the march was blocked to ensure the safety of the parliamentarians.