- Title: Syria's skyline shrouded in smoke from Turkish offensive
- Date: 10th October 2019
- Summary: RAS AL AIN, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM CEYLANPINAR, TURKEY) (OCTOBER 10, 2019) (REUTERS) RAS AL AIN SKYLINE, BLACK SMOKE RISING IN DISTANCE SMOKE RISING MILITARY VEHICLES DRIVING THROUGH STREETS VARIOUS OF BLACK SMOKE OVER SKYLINE TEL ABYAD, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM AKCAKALE, TURKEY) (OCTOBER 10, 2019) (REUTERS) WHITE SMOKE RISING OVER SKYLINE RAS AL AIN, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM CEYLANPINAR, TURKEY) (OCTOBER 10, 2019) (REUTERS) LARGE CLOUDS OF SMOKE FROM BLASTS
- Embargoed: 24th October 2019 12:58
- Keywords: Turkey Syria Tel Abyad Ras al Ain Kurdish militia in Syria Turkish offensive
- Location: TEL ABYAD, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM AKCAKALE, TURKEY) / RAS AL AIN, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM CEYLANPINAR, TURKEY)
- City: TEL ABYAD, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM AKCAKALE, TURKEY) / RAS AL AIN, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM CEYLANPINAR, TURKEY)
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA001B0IMHJB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Plumes of smoke hovered above the Syrian border towns of Tel Abyad and Ras al Ain on Thursday (October 10) as Turkish forces pushed deeper into its northern border with country.
Turkey said its forces seized designated targets on the second day of an offensive against a Kurdish militia in Syria, after a withdrawal by U.S. forces opened up a dangerous new phase in the region's eight-year-old conflict.
In the Turkish border town of Akcakale, around 30 vehicles carrying Syrian rebels, many pick-up trucks mounted with anti-aircraft machines drove along the main along the Turkish side of the border from Syria's Tel Abyad, a Reuters journalist said.
NATO-ally Turkey has said it intends to create a "safe zone" for the return of millions of refugees to Syria. But world powers fear Turkey's action could deepen the conflict, and runs the risk of Islamic State prisoners escaping from camps amid the chaos.
The Kurdish-led authority in northern Syria said a prison struck by Turkish shelling holds "the most dangerous criminals from more than 60 nationalities" and Turkey's attacks on its prisons risked "a catastrophe".
(Production: Soraya Ali, Mert Ozkan, Mehmet Emin Caliskan)
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