‘Humanitarian Catastrophe’: Civilians Flee as Turkey Launches Trump-Sanctioned Military Assault on Kurds in Syria

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Rights groups and anti-war activists warned of a looming “humanitarian catastrophe” Wednesday as Turkish forces invaded northeastern Syria and launched airstrikes against Kurdish targets, forcing civilians to flee in panic.

The attack comes days after U.S. President Donald Trump gave his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan a green light to begin the operation by announcing the abrupt withdrawal of American forces from northeastern Syria.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) warned in a statement Wednesday that Turkey’s assault “will spill the blood of thousands of innocent civilians because our border areas are overcrowded.”

On Twitter, SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali accused Turkey of deliberately targeting “civilian areas.”

Fighters with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which leads the SDF, told CNN that hundreds of civilians scrambled to escape northeastern Syria as Turkey began bombarding the area:

In a statement issued before Turkey launched its attack, Amnesty International said “it is imperative that all parties to this conflict respect international humanitarian law, including by refraining from carrying out attacks on civilians and civilian objects, as well as indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks.”

“The international community must take measures to ensure respect for international humanitarian law by the Turkish authorities and pro-Turkey armed groups and Kurdish forces if yet another humanitarian catastrophe in northern Syria is to be avoided,” said Amnesty.

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Rutokin
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Rutokin

Strump is a menace to the world, evidently he doesn’t realize how many people are going to die, how about that air strike you called off because 150 or so people would have lost their lives,how many are you condemning now? How easy for you forget all those brave fighters gave their lives to support us to get rid of ISIS!!! Your day is coming!!!

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David

Repugnant, reprehensible, traitorous, Bonespurs Trump gets an evil vicarious thrill watching others launch a war that he “authorized. IMPEACH the bastard.