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Turkish offensive in Syria: A worsening humanitarian crisis

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS
MIDDLE EAST MATTERS FRANCE 24

This week, we focus on the Turkish incursion in north-eastern Syria. The heavy fighting continues, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan saying the offensive aims to remove the Kurdish-led forces from the border area. As ever, it's local civilians who are caught in the crossfire. Many of them are fleeing their war-torn country by car and on foot, with just a few possessions on their backs. Save the Children, meanwhile, has been warning of a mass displacement of children. We speak to Joëlle Bassoul, the NGO's Middle East and Eastern Europe media manager.

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The Turkish offensive comes after an announcement to withdraw US troops from the region. In a U-turn, the White House is now calling for a ceasefire, imposing economic sanctions on Ankara. Meanwhile, the custody of around 11,000 captive IS group fighters hangs by a thread.

Also this week, a deal was reached between Damascus and the Kurdish forces, seemingly a boost for President Bashar al-Assad. Since the agreement was clinched, Russian-backed Syrian forces have entered the strategic town of Manbij.

And our correspondents on the ground report from the Turkish border town of Suruc, where many locals have sent their families to safety and want the Turkish offensive to end.

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