Silopi (Kurdish: Silopî)[2] is a city and seat of Silopi District in the Şırnak Province of Turkey.[3] The city is mainly populated by Kurds of Sipêrtî and Zewkan tribes and had a population of 103,831 in 2021.[4][1]

Silopi is located in Turkey
Location in Turkey
Coordinates: 37°14′55″N 42°28′13″E / 37.24861°N 42.47028°E / 37.24861; 42.47028Coordinates: 37°14′55″N 42°28′13″E / 37.24861°N 42.47028°E / 37.24861; 42.47028
Time zoneTRT (UTC+3)

The mayor Adalet Fidan of the HDP was elected in 2019[5] but deposed the same year and replaced by the sub-governor (kaymakam) Sezer Işiktaş as a "state-appointed caretaker" (acting mayor).

Large sections of the city was damaged in 2016 during clashes between Turkish forces and PKK.[6]


The city is divided into the eleven neighborhoods of Barbaros, Başak, Cudi, Cumhuriyet, Dicle, Karşıyaka, Nuh, Ofis, Şehit Harun Boy, Yenişehir and Yeşiltepe.[3]


Recent historyEdit

Turkish authorities placed the city of Silopi under curfew from 14 December 2015 – 4 January 2016. According to the Peoples' Democratic Party (Turkey), 20 people were killed. Since July 2015, 34 people have been killed in Silopi.[7] On August 7, 2015, clashes between Turkish security forces and the Kurdish militant PKK group may have killed three people. Government reports claimed "terrorists" were killed,[8][9] while pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party lawmaker Faysal Sarıyıldız said that the casualties were civilians and that he had seen no sign of armed militants, according to Reuters.[10] The Kurdish-Turkish conflict in the region has escalated since late July 2015.


Şırnak Silopi power station is powered by asphaltite coal and is claimed both to emit air pollution and to be an important source of employment.[11] In 2020 the EBRD proposed a just transition to support workers who may lose jobs due to the decline of coal in Turkey.[12]

Peanuts are grown.[13]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "31 ARALIK 2021 TARİHLİ ADRESE DAYALI NÜFUS KAYIT SİSTEMİ (ADNKS) SONUÇLARI" (XLS). TÜİK (in Turkish). Retrieved 16 December 2022.
  2. ^ Avcıkıran, Adem. Kürtçe Anamnez, Anamneza bi Kurmancî. p. 57.
  3. ^ a b "Türkiye Mülki İdare Bölümleri Envanteri". T.C. İçişleri Bakanlığı (in Turkish). Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  4. ^ Baz, Ibrahim (2016). Şırnak aşiretleri ve kültürü (in Turkish). pp. 106 and 129. ISBN 9786058849631.
  5. ^ "Şırnak Silopi Seçim Sonuçları - 31 Mart 2019 Yerel Seçimleri". Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Over 6,600 homes damaged by fighting in Kurdish Silopi, Ankara says". Rûdaw. 15 May 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2022.
  7. ^ "HDP Information Desk: Current Situation in Cizre, Silopi and Sur Districts (Updated on 04.01.2016) |". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Three killed in clashes in southeastern town of Silopi". Today's Zaman. 7 August 2015. Archived from the original on 7 August 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  9. ^ "PKK terrorists clash with armed forces in Turkey's southeastern Silopi, three terrorists killed". Daily Sabah. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  10. ^ "Five killed in clashes between Turkish forces, Kurdish rebels". Reuters. Reuters. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  11. ^ "SİLOPİ'YE 7 KERE 5…!?". ŞIRNAK HABER (in Turkish). 9 February 2020. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  12. ^ "The EBRD just transition initiative".
  13. ^ "Yer fıstığı Silopi'den dünyaya açılacak". (in Turkish). Retrieved 4 August 2020.

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