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Syria: Residents on northern border flee as Turkish operation begins

Syrian Arab Republic, Ras al-Ayn
October 09, 2019 at 17:58 GMT +00:00 · Published

Residents were seen carrying bags of supplies as they left the northern Syrian city of Ras al-Ayn, also known as Sari Kani, on the Turkish border on Wednesday evening, as a Turkish military operation began in the region.

Footage shows smoke plumes and condensation trails, reportedly from Turkish fighter jet bombings as Ras al-Ayn leave by car and on foot.

Earlier on Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the beginning of the operation to create a 'safe zone' cleared of US-backed Kurdish militias, which Ankara labels 'terrorists'.

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Residents were seen carrying bags of supplies as they left the northern Syrian city of Ras al-Ayn, also known as Sari Kani, on the Turkish border on Wednesday evening, as a Turkish military operation began in the region.

Footage shows smoke plumes and condensation trails, reportedly from Turkish fighter jet bombings as Ras al-Ayn leave by car and on foot.

Earlier on Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the beginning of the operation to create a 'safe zone' cleared of US-backed Kurdish militias, which Ankara labels 'terrorists'.

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