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Syria: Turkish offensive has left 'massive destruction' - Syrian Democratic Council co-chair04:21

Syria: Turkish offensive has left 'massive destruction' - Syrian Democratic Council co-chair

Syrian Arab Republic, Qamishli
October 20, 2019 at 16:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

Co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Council Amina Omar said that the Turkish military operation "has left a massive destruction," when speaking at a press conference in Qamishli in northeastern Syria on Sunday.

Omar argued that the Turkish offensive, which she said had been started "under the pretext of establishing a safe zone" in northern of Syria "has left a massive destruction." She went on to say that the Turkish army "along with the affiliated insurgents carried out genocide crimes against civilians."

According to Omar, many people were injured by what were "likely internationally banned weapons." Showing pictures of victims that appeared to have burns on their bodies, some of whom were children, she said that "medical reports stated that there are unknown burn cases, which require investigation by the international bodies that are in charge of the internationally banned weapons."

The Syrian Democratic Council co-chair also called on the international community and humanitarian organisations to "stick to their duties in this humanitarian disaster and put all the pressure to stop the Turkish aggression."

On October 9, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the beginning of the operation dubbed 'Operation Peace Spring' to create a 'safe zone' in northern Syria cleared of Kurdish forces.

Syria: Turkish offensive has left 'massive destruction' - Syrian Democratic Council co-chair04:21
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Co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Council Amina Omar said that the Turkish military operation "has left a massive destruction," when speaking at a press conference in Qamishli in northeastern Syria on Sunday.

Omar argued that the Turkish offensive, which she said had been started "under the pretext of establishing a safe zone" in northern of Syria "has left a massive destruction." She went on to say that the Turkish army "along with the affiliated insurgents carried out genocide crimes against civilians."

According to Omar, many people were injured by what were "likely internationally banned weapons." Showing pictures of victims that appeared to have burns on their bodies, some of whom were children, she said that "medical reports stated that there are unknown burn cases, which require investigation by the international bodies that are in charge of the internationally banned weapons."

The Syrian Democratic Council co-chair also called on the international community and humanitarian organisations to "stick to their duties in this humanitarian disaster and put all the pressure to stop the Turkish aggression."

On October 9, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the beginning of the operation dubbed 'Operation Peace Spring' to create a 'safe zone' in northern Syria cleared of Kurdish forces.

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