30 civilians, 74 soldiers killed, 200,000 people displaced in Turkish invasion of Syrian Kurds
Betrayed by the US, Syria’s Kurds are battling to hold off a Turkish invasion as thousands of civilians flee airstrikes and shelling that deepened fears of a humanitarian crisis and ethnic cleansing of the Kurdish people by Turkey and its proxies.
Kurdish authorities say nearly 200,000 people were displaced by Turkey’s attack.
Since the Turkish invasion of Kurdish areas in northern Syria, civilians were seen abandoning their homes, in vehicles or on foot with their belongings on their backs.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the civilian death toll from Turkey’s attack in northern Syria has risen to 30 people. In addition, 74 Kurdish-led fighters were killed.
A car bomb exploded near a prison holding ISIS terrorists on Friday afternoon. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces rushed military reinforcements to the prison to prevent ISIS terrorists from escaping.
Tel Abyad’s hospital was closed after most of its staff left. “Our staff in Tel Abyad witnessed the town, that was once filled with life, become deserted,” said Robert Onus, Medecins Sans Frontieres emergency manager for Syria.
The invasion has been widely condemned around the world, with European leaders and President Trump warning Erdogan against attacking Syria.
President Trump tried to justify the green light he gifted dictator Erdogan moving US forces out in an abrupt foreign policy change seen as a blatant betrayal, abandoning its longtime military partners who fought ISIS.
The reports of the fighting, as well as concerns over the fate of about 11,000 detained ISIS terrorists and their families fuelled criticism of the Turkish offensive in Washington, where the president is under increasing pressure to lay down red lines for Ankara.
International condemnation of the Turkish assault was overwhelming and the response to the operation was discussed in an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Thursday.
UN chief Antonio Guterres expressed “deep concern” over the violence, while the council’s five European members urged Turkey “to cease the unilateral military action”.
Prime Minister Netanyahu condemned Turkey’s invasion of the Kurdish areas in Syria and said that Israel is prepared to extend humanitarian assistance to the Kurds.
“Israel strongly condemns the Turkish invasion of the Kurdish areas in Syria and warns against the ethnic cleansing of the Kurds by Turkey and its proxies. Israel is prepared to extend humanitarian assistance to the gallant Kurdish people,” Netanyahu said in a statement.
Syrian Kurdish forces lost 11,000 troops and played a key role in the years-long battle to eliminate the “caliphate” ISIS terrorists had set up in the region.