Wednesday, 16 October 2019

People stand at a back of a truck as they flee Ras al Ain town, Syria October 9, 2019. Turkey launched a military operation against Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria on Wednesday just days after U.S. troops pulled back from the area, with air strikes and artillery hitting YPG militia positions around the border town of Ras al Ain. REUTERS/Rodi Said

People stand together as they flee Ras al Ain town, Syria October 9, 2019. Turkey had been poised to enter northeast Syria since U.S. troops, who have been fighting with Kurdish-led forces against Islamic State, started to leave in an abrupt policy shift by U.S. President Donald Trump. The withdrawal was criticised in Washington as a betrayal of America's Kurdish allies. REUTERS/Rodi Said

Boys stand at a back of a truck as they flee Ras al Ain town, Syria October 9, 2019. Turkish howitzers also started hitting bases and ammunition depots of the Kurdish YPG militia. The artillery strikes, which also targeted YPG gun and sniper positions, were aimed at sites far from residential areas. REUTERS/Rodi Said

People stand together as they flee Ras al Ain town, Syria October 9, 2019. Large explosions also rocked Ras al Ain, just across the border across from the Turkish town of Ceylanpinar, a CNN Turk reporter said. The sound of planes could he heard above and smoke was rising from buildings in Ras al Ain, he said. REUTERS/Rodi Said

People sit on belongings at a back of a truck as they flee Ras al Ain town, Syria October 9, 2019. World powers fear the action could open a new chapter in Syria's eight-year-old war and worsen regional turmoil. Ankara has said it intends to create a "safe zone" in order to return millions of refugees to Syrian soil. REUTERS/Rodi Said

People stand at a back of a truck as they flee Ras al Ain town, Syria October 9, 2019. Erdogan earlier told Russia's President Vladimir Putin in a phone call that the operation would help peace and stability in Syria. REUTERS/Rodi Said