- Title: Turkey presses on with offensive in northern Syria - wrap
- Date: 13th October 2019
- Summary: AKCAKALE, TURKEY (OCTOBER 13, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS RIDING ON TRUCKS DRIVING ALONG TURKISH SIDE OF BORDER TEL ABYAD, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM AKCAKALE, TURKEY) (OCTOBER 13, 2019) (REUTERS) SMOKE FROM EXPLOSION RISING ACROSS SKY VARIOUS OF ARMOURED VEHICLES DRIVING CEYLANPINAR, TURKEY (OCTOBER 13, 2019) (REUTERS) AMBULANCE DRIVING ALONG BORDER RAS AL AIN, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM CEYLANPINAR, TURKEY) (OCTOBER 13, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF EXPLOSIONS GOING OFF AND SMOKE BILLOWING OUT / AUDIO OF EXPLOSIONS HEARD IN THE BACKGROUND AKCAKALE, TURKEY (OCTOBER 13, 2019) (REUTERS) BUILDING FACADE DRAPED WITH TURKISH FLAG WITH A HOLE IN ITS FRONT / PEOPLE AND SECURITY OFFICERS IN THE STREET HOLE IN THE BUILDING / PEOPLE SEEN THROUGH THE HOLE MORE OF THE HOLE SMOKE RISING IN THE DISTANCE ON THE SYRIAN SIDE OF THE BORDER FLAMES SEEN RISING FROM BEHIND FENCED WALL ON THE SYRIAN SIDE TURKISH MILITARY ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIER DRIVING
- Embargoed: 27th October 2019 10:33
- Keywords: Donald Trump Kurds Turkey Syria Ras al Ain
- Location: WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES / RAS AL AIN, SAID TO BE RAS AL AIN AND KOBANE, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM CEYLANPINAR, TURKEY), TEL ABYAD, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM AKCAKALE, TURKEY) / CEYLANPINAR, AKCAKALE, TURKEY
- City: WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES / RAS AL AIN, SAID TO BE RAS AL AIN AND KOBANE, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM CEYLANPINAR, TURKEY), TEL ABYAD, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM AKCAKALE, TURKEY) / CEYLANPINAR, AKCAKALE, TURKEY
- Country: Various
- Topics: Government/Politics,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA005B0XJUX3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: THIS VIDEO IS A HIGHLIGHTS WRAP OF MATERIAL THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN MOVED. IT DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY FRESH MATERIAL.
Turkish forces targeted areas around two Syrian border towns with fresh shelling on Sunday (October 13), pressing on with their offensive against Kurdish militia for a fifth day in the face of fierce international opposition.
Turkey is facing threats of possible sanctions from the United States unless it calls off the incursion, while the Arab League has denounced the operation and NATO allies Germany and France said they were halting weapons exports to Turkey.
Ankara launched the cross-border assault against the YPG militia after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew some U.S. troops from the border region. Turkey says the YPG is a terrorist group aligned with Kurdish militants in Turkey.
Gunfire resounded early on Sunday around Ras al Ain, one of two Syrian towns which are the focus of the attack, while Turkish artillery continued to target the area, a Reuters reporter across the border in the Turkish town of Ceylanpinar said.
Turkish-backed Syrian rebels advanced into Ras al Ain on Saturday (October 12). Turkey has said it took control of the town centre, while Kurdish-led forces denied that and said they were counter-attacking.
At Tel Abyad, the operation's other main target some 120 km (75 miles) to the west, Turkish howitzers shelled outlying districts, a witness in the neighbouring Turkish town of Akcakale said.
More than 130,000 people have been displaced from rural areas around the northeast Syrian border towns of Tel Abyad and Ras al Ain as a result of fighting between Turkish-led forces and Kurdish militia, the United Nations said on Sunday.
(Production: Mert Ozkan, Dato Chkhikvishvili, Paul Warren, Mehmet Caliskan, Yesim Dikmen, Ayat Basma, Deniz Uyar)
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