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France Calls for Emergency Meeting of Anti-Isis Coalition over Turkey’s Offensive


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Fri, 11 Oct 2019 02:31 GMT

France on Thursday, October 10th called for an emergency meeting of the 30-member global coalition fighting Isis, a day after Ankara launched a criticised military offensive in northern Syria, risking allowing Isis fighters to rebuild their caliphate in the area.

In an interview on France 2 television, France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned against giving the opportunity for Isis fighters to take advantage of the current developments in northern Syria, affirming the need for the coalition members to meet and discuss relevant issues.

"It (the coalition) needs to say today what are we going do, how do you, Turkey, want to proceed, and how do we ensure the security of places where fighters are held? Everything needs to be on the table so that we are clear," Le Drian said.

Turkey launched the so-called “Peace Spring” offensive on Wednesday, October 9th against Kurdish fighters amid fierce international condemnation and in a clear violation of Syrian territorial sovereignty. The offensive has so far caused thousands of Syrians to flee and dozens to be killed.

The Kurdish-led force that controls northeast Syria said a Turkish air strike on Wednesday hit a prison holding Isis detainees.

"One of the prisons that Isis detainees are held in was struck by a Turkish air strike," the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said in a tweet without giving any further details.