- Title: Syrian Kurds fleeing Turkish offensive hopeful about ceasefire
- Date: 17th October 2019
- Summary: BARDARASH REFUGEE CAMP, DOHUK, IRAQ (OCTOBER 17, 2019) (REUTERS) (PART NIGHT SHOTS) VARIOUS OF BUSES CARRYING DISPLACED SYRIAN KURDS DRIVING ALONG ROAD VARIOUS OF BUSES ENTERING THE BARDARASH CAMP (NIGHT SHOTS BEGIN HERE) VARIOUS OF FAMILY IN BUS, WITH YOUNG CHILD SOUNDBITE (Arabic) DISPLACED SYRIAN MAN, FANNAR KHALIL, SAYING: ''We are certainly happy with the announcement of a ceasefire. We support the ceasefire. It is certain, our hearts with our homeland and civilians. We hope that all military operations stop.'' VARIOUS OF FAMILY ON BUS VARIOUS OF YOUNG CHILD ON HIS MOTHER'S LAP SOUNDBITE (Arabic) DISPLACED SYRIAN KURD, MOHAMMED ALI, SAYING: ''I am very happy about the ceasefire. I hope all citizens return to the country. [REPORTER ASKS WHETHER HE WILL RETURN]. For the time being, I won't return until security is established in Syria, then we will come back.'' YOUNG BOY STANDING UP WOMAN HOLDING CHILD VARIOUS OF REFUGEES GETTING OFF BUSES MAN CARRYING YOUNG SLEEPING CHILD REFUGEES GETTING OFF BUSES VARIOUS OF DISPLACED PEOPLE STANDING IN THE HALL AT THE CAMP
- Embargoed: 31st October 2019 21:04
- Keywords: Syrian Kurdish refugees Turkish offensive reactions ceasefire in northeast of Syria Syrian conflict
- Location: BARDARASH REFUGEE CAMP, DOHUK, IRAQ
- City: BARDARASH REFUGEE CAMP, DOHUK, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA001B1HMUDJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Syrian Kurds forced to flee the violence during the Turkish military offensive on Thursday (October 17) voiced mixed reaction to the ceasefire declared by Turkish President Erdogan.
They told Reuters they did "support the ceasefire" and "hoped all military operations stop", after arriving by bus at the Bardarash refugee camp in Dohuk, a town in Iraq's Kurdish region. However one refugee, Mohammed Ali expressed concern about returning "until security is established in Syria".
Turkey agreed on Thursday to pause its offensive in Syria for five days to let Kurdish forces withdraw from a "safe zone" Ankara had sought to capture, in a deal hailed by Washington but which Turkish leaders cast as a complete victory.
The truce was announced by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence after talks in Ankara with Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan, and was swiftly hailed by President Donald Trump, who said it would save "millions of lives".
But if implemented it would achieve all the main objectives Turkey announced when it launched the assault eight days ago: control of a strip of Syria more than 30 km (20 miles) deep, with the Kurdish YPG militia, formerly close U.S. allies, obliged to pull out.
(Production: Kawa Omar, Mohammed Al-Ramahi, Maher Nazeh, Mohammed Katfan)
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