Turkey says Syria push ‘won’t stop’ despite displacement concerns

By: Aljazeera

An estimated 100,000 people have fled their homes in northeast Syria, the United Nations said, as Turkey pressed on with its offensive against Kurdish fighters despite growing international criticism of the campaign and concerns it could result in ISIL’s resurgence. Aid officials on Friday warned of “yet another humanitarian crisis” in war-torn Syria amid mass displacement and “disturbing reports” of attacks on civilian infrastructure, including water facilities, power stations and oil fields. Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN human rights office, told reporters in Geneva at least seven civilians, including a woman and a boy, had been killed since Turkey’s cross-border operation began on Wednesday. Another 400,000 people in the city of Hassakah were at risk of not having access to clean water, he said, reportedly due to a Turkish raid on a water pumping station in the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain. Aljazeera
“What is happening and what has been happening in the last 48 hours is extremely worrying, and I believe that we have there all the ingredients for unfortunately yet another humanitarian crisis in Syria,” said Christian Cardon de Lichtbuer, of the International Committee of the Red Cross, who spoke alongside Colville.

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