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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
north-east will even more undermine the stability of the entire region, worsen civilian suffering and provoke further displacements “.< a href= "https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-49959338 "class= "story-body __ link" >
Why the battle for northern Syria matters UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres expressed his “deep concern” at the rising violence.
” >< div class=" player-with-placeholder" readability=" 7" >< img class=" media-placeholder player-with-placeholder __ image narrative-video-placeholder "src=" https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/720x405/p07qlpbg.jpg "> Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Video footage from the start of the Turkish offensive Turkey wants to create a” safe zone” running for 480km (300 miles) along the Syrian side of the border but says it will not advance deeper than a prepared 32km limitation. How is the offensive affecting individuals? Some 64,000 individuals have already supposedly fled their homes, the International Rescue Committee aid organisation said. The UK-based tracking group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, gave a similar figure.