A lot more than 130,000 individuals have been displaced with 260 individuals killed and 40 towns and villages taken beneath Turkish handle in just 96 hours of Operation Peace Spring into northeastern Syria.

Britain-primarily based war monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published a graphic of the area and mentioned there have been speedy developments with “fierce clashes” that have led to a “spike in death toll in the ranks of each parties.”

The group mentioned the quantity of individuals displaced and citizens kills “threatens a new humanitarian catastrophe” with girls and youngsters amongst the dead.

It claimed about 800 loved ones members of IS fighters managed to “exploit the chaos” to flee the Ayn Issa Camp and 41 locations of the 220km border area have come beneath Turkish handle.

A graphic published by the organisation appeared to show the locations occupied by Turkish forces, in purple.

The region in purple shows how rapidly Turkey has expanded into Kurdish-inhabited northeastern Syria. Picture: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
The area in purple shows how quickly Turkey has expanded into Kurdish-inhabited northeastern Syria. Image: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan showed no willingness to retreat saying Turkey’s military offensive into northeast Syria is as “vital” to Turkey as its 1974 military intervention in Cyprus, which split the island in two.

In a speech he delivered in Baku, Azerbaijan, Mr Erdogan also produced clear Turkey would not halt its offensive in spite of the widespread condemnation it has drawn.

Erdogan mentioned: “We are determined to take our operation to the finish. We will finish what we began. A hoisted flag does not come down.”

Cyprus was divided in 1974 when Turkey invaded immediately after a coup by supporters of union with Greece. Only Turkey recognises a Turkish Cypriot state on the island’s northern third.


Turkey launched its offensive into northeastern Syria final week to carve out the “safe zone” along its border ostensibly to push out Syrian Kurdish fighters it considers to be terrorists simply because of their hyperlinks to Kurdish militants in Turkey.

In the previous 5 days, Turkish troops and their allies have pushed into northern towns and villages, clashing with the Kurdish fighters more than a stretch of 200km. The offensive, named “Operation Peace Spring” started quickly following US President Donald Trump’s selection to pull American troops from the area final week. Turkey’s invasion has displaced at least 160,000 civilians, according to the United Nations.

The Kurds, a stateless individuals numbering about 35 million across Turkey, Syria, Iran and some other neighbouring nations had an administration set up in northeastern Syria, but it has rapidly unravelled in current days, with its forces losing handle of a 120-kilometre-extended segment of the border.

This picture taken on October 14, 2019 shows smoke rising from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain on the sixth day of Turkey's military operation against Kurdish forces. Pic: AFP
This image taken on October 14, 2019 shows smoke increasing from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain on the sixth day of Turkey’s military operation against Kurdish forces. Pic: AFP

The region that is now beneath the handle of Turkey and its proxies is ethnically Arab-dominated and some residents welcomed Turkish-backed forces.

The UN secretary-common named on Monday in a statement for an “immediate de-escalation.” Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres “is gravely concerned more than the military developments in northeast Syria,” the statement mentioned.

It mentioned Mr Guterres was urging “all parties to resolve their issues via peaceful indicates,” adding that “civilians not taking aspect in hostilities should be protected at all instances.”

Mr Guterres also expressed “serious concern” that the Turkish onslaught could lead to the “unintended release of individuals” connected with the Islamic State group.

The invasion has displaced an estimated 160,000 civilians. Picture: AFP
The invasion has displaced an estimated 160,000 civilians. Image: AFP

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Initially published as ‘Peace Spring’: Shock stats from 96 hours