Casualties mount as Turkey presses Syria offensive

Pro-Turkish fighters prepare to take part in the offensive - 10 October

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Turkey moved into northern Syria on Wednesday after the president pulled US troops out of the location.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pro-Turkish Free Syrian Army forces have actually suffered casualties in the battling Casualties are increasing as Turkey presses on with its cross-border offensive on Kurdish-held locations of northern Syria. A minimum of 11 civilians have died and lots of fighters from the Kurdish-led SDF and pro-Turkish factions have been killed, reports state.

The first death of a Turkish soldier was validated by Turkey’s military.

10s of thousands of individuals have run away houses in the location, as international calls to halt the attack boost.

Republicans in the US House of Representatives have actually announced < a href= "https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50009218" class=" story-body __ link "> strategies to present a sanctions expense versus Turkey, and President Donald Trump has actually provided to moderate.

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the US withdrawal effectively gave Turkey the green light to start its cross-border attack.

Turkey has defended the offensive as a bid to produce a “safe zone” without Kurdish militias which might also house Syrian refugees.

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gadget Media caption The BBC’s Martin Patience discusses what’s behind the conflict The SDF have actually been essential allies of the United States in the fight versus the Islamic State( IS) group. One major concern for the worldwide neighborhood is the fate of countless thought IS prisoners, consisting of lots of foreign nationals, being secured by Kurdish-led forces in the area. What’s the newest on the fighting? On Thursday, Turkish troops encircled the border towns of Ras al-Ain and Tal Abyad. The Kurdish Red Crescent stated there had actually been 11 confirmed civilian deaths so

far and 28 severe injuries, mostly in Ras al-Ain and another border town, Qamishli. Some are kids. A minimum of 5 people, consisting of a Syrian child, were apparently eliminated in Kurdish shelling of Turkish border towns.< figure class=" media-portrait no-caption full-width" >< figure class =" media-landscape no-caption full-width ">

Activists from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported at least 29 deaths among the SDF and 17 from amongst pro-Turkish Syrian rebels, the Free Syrian Army, as more than 10 towns fell under Turkish hands.

In a later report they stated that 7 members of the pro-Turkish forces had actually been killed as the SDF retook a town in Tal Abyad region, among them a Turkish soldier.

Turkey’s military confirmed a soldier’s death, and said 3 others had been wounded.

Turkey’s Anadolu news agency said late on Thursday that 228 Kurdish militants had actually been “neutralised” because the start of the operation.

On the other hand tens of countless civilians are fleeing their houses, and aid agencies fear the exodus could reach numerous thousands.

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Image copyright EPA Image caption Residents flee their house town of Ras al-Ain Another group of 14 humanitarian organisations,

including the Mercy Corps, warned the figure could be 450,000. What has the reaction been? The UN Security Council discussed the situation on Thursday at the demand of its current five EU members- the UK

, France, Germany, Belgium and Poland. The 5 contacted Turkey to halt its military offensive, saying” renewed armed hostilities in the

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Why the battle for northern Syria matters UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres expressed his “deep concern” at the rising violence.

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The IRC’s Misty Buswell said: “If the offending continues it’s possible an overall of 300,000 people might be displaced to already overstretched camps and towns still recovering from the fight against IS.”

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Mr Erdogan has actually highly safeguarded the incursion, threatening to send some of the 3.6 million Syrian refugees it hosts to Europe if the Turkish offensive is described as an occupation.

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