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European Leaders Condemn Turkey’s Assault on Syrian Border


7Dnews London

Wed, 09 Oct 2019 19:41 GMT

Turkey launched an assault against US-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria on Wednesday October 9th.

Airstrikes and artillery fire were deployed along the border following the Turkish presidents' call for an assault called "Operation Peace Spring."

The attack triggered widespread condemnation from European countries who have allied with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the fight against Isis.

Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok condemned Ankara's assault on Kurdish forces in northern Syria during a meeting with Turkey's ambassador to the Netherlands, AFP reported.

Blok, whose country is a member of the coalition against the Isis, tweeted in response to the attack: "I have summoned the Turkish ambassador. I call on Turkey not to follow the path it has chosen".

"No one can benefit from the potentially terrible humanitarian consequences. The operation can trigger new refugee flows and harm the fight against Isis and stability in the region," he added.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that Turkey "is willingly risking further destabilising the region and a resurgence of Isis by attacking northeastern Syria. Syria needs stability and a political process... however, the Turkish offensive now threatens to cause a new humanitarian disaster."

He said Berlin would "urge Turkey to end its offensive and to pursue its security interests peacefully."

France, Germany and Britain have been working on a joint statement to internationally condemn the Turkish assault in northeast Syria.

The United Nations Security Council stated that an emergency meeting was requested by Belgium, France, Germany, Britain and Poland to discuss Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria.

The intensity of the violence has pushed civilians out of their homes to seek shelter. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimated that "thousands have fled" to the countryside to escape the bombardment.

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