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Smoke billows from the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain Smoke billows from the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain  (AFP or licensors)

Syria: Fighting displaces over 100,000 as Turkey presses offensive

Turkey pressed its military offensive against the Kurds in northeast Syria on Saturday, with at least 30 innocent civilians killed so far and 100,000 people already displaced by the violence.

By Devin Watkins

Turkish troops moved on Saturday to seize key highways that link towns in northeast Syria.

It marks the 4th day of the Turkish offensive against Kurds living near the border in Syria.

Turkey says its goal is to push back Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units at least 20 miles from the border. Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist organization.

Dozens dead, thousands dispersed

At least 30 civilians have so far been reported killed in the violence.

The United Nations said Saturday that at least 100,000 people have been driven from the towns of Ras al-Ain and Tal Abyad alone, where the heaviest fighting is going on.

Condemnation

Several countries have condemned Turkey’s military offensive.

The Arab League called the Turkish operation “an invasion of an Arab State’s land and an aggression on its sovereignty.”

Iraq, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates have all called on Turkey to withdraw its forces and to leave the Kurds in peace.

12 October 2019, 16:21