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26 civilians killed Sunday in Turkey’s Syria assault: monitor

October 13, 2019
26 civilians killed Sunday in Turkey’s Syria assault: monitor

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters speak with locals, who hadn't fled their homes, in the border Syrian town of Tal Abyad on October 13, 2019. AFP

At least 26 civilians were killed on Sunday in northeastern Syria as Turkey stepped up its offensive against Kurdish forces, a war monitor said.

Among the casualties were 10 people killed in an air strike that hit a convoy of vehicles carrying civilians and journalists, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Kurdish administration in northern Syria said that Turkish bombardment near a camp for the displaced led to nearly 800 relatives of IS members fleeing.

Kurdish authorities and foreign powers have warned repeatedly that the hostilities could undermine the fight against the Islamic State group and allow jihadists to break out of captivity.

Fighting has engulfed the area since Wednesday when Ankara launched a long-threatened offensive against the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who it considers “terrorists” linked to insurgents inside Turkey.

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