- Title: Huge explosions seen in Syria's Tel Abyad
- Date: 10th October 2019
- Summary: TEL ABYAD, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM AKCAKALE, TURKEY) (OCTOBER 10, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SMOKE BILLOWING ARMOURED VEHICLE DRIVING ALONG THE BORDER VARIOUS LARGE CLOUDS OF SMOKE RISING TO THE SKY VARIOUS OF SMOKE RISING FROM THE AREA AFTER EXPLOSIONS DIYARBAKIR, TURKEY (OCTOBER 10, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF TURKISH JETS TAKING OFF FROM AIRBASE
- Embargoed: 24th October 2019 12:55
- Keywords: Turkey Syria military operation jets air strike Kurdish militia
- Location: TEL ABYAD, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM AKCAKALE, TURKEY), DIYARBAKIR, TURKEY
- City: TEL ABYAD, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM AKCAKALE, TURKEY), DIYARBAKIR, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA001B0IKOQV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Huge explosions in Syrian border town of Tel Abyad were visible from Turkey's Akcakale town on Thursday (October 10) as Turkish forces pushed deeper into Syrian territory east of the Euphrates river on the second day of an offensive against Kurdish militia.
NATO-ally Turkey has said it intends to create a "safe zone" in order to return millions of refugees to Syria. But world powers fear the Turkish action could exacerbate the conflict, and run the risk of ISIS prisoners escaping from camps amid the chaos.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan angrily rejected on Thursday international criticism of its attack on a Kurdish militia in Syria, reporting progress by its forces on the second day of an operation that world powers fear could further destabilise a region in turmoil.
Taking aim at the European Union and Arab powers Saudi Arabia and Egypt, which have voiced opposition to the operation, Erdogan said those objecting to Turkey's actions were "not honest".
Turkey's operation began days after a pullback by U.S. forces from the border, and senior members of U.S. President Donald Trump's own Republican Party condemned him for making way for the incursion and abandoning Syrian Kurds, loyal allies of Washington in the fight against Islamic State in Syria.
(Production: Mert Ozkan, Umit Ozdal)
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