Tens of thousands of people flee homes in Syria; International clamour for Turkey to halt the attack

As Turkish attacks continue of Syria, tens of thousands of people have fled their homes in northern Syria, as Turkish forces step up their cross-border offensive on Kurdish-held areas. Turkish troops have encircled the border towns of Ras al-Ain and Tal Abyad and aid agencies fear the exodus could reach hundreds of thousands.

International clamour has increased for Turkey to halt the attack. Turkey has defended its bid to create a “safe zone” free of Kurdish militias which could also house Syrian refugees. The International Rescue Committee aid organisation said that 64,000 people had already reportedly fled their homes.

Meanwhile, India has expressed deep concern at the unilateral military offensive by Turkey in north-east Syria. External Affairs Ministry said in a release that Turkey’s actions can undermine stability in the region and the fight against terrorism.

It said, Turkey’s action also has the potential for causing humanitarian and civilian distress. India has called upon Turkey to exercise restraint and respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria.

New Delhi has urged the peaceful settlement of all issues through dialogue and discussion.

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