- Title: Fleeing Turkish military strikes, Syrian families fill refugee camps
- Date: 21st October 2019
- Summary: TAL ABYAD, SYRIA (OCTOBER 20, 2019) (REUTERS) CHILD WALKING BY UNHCR TENT IN OPEN FIELD UNHCR TENT IN OPEN FIELD VARIOUS OF CHILD STANDING BY UNHCR TENTS IN SCHOOL COURTYARD MAN LIFTING SMALL MATTRESS MAN LOADING TRUCK CHILDREN STANDING AROUND SMALL TRUCK PEOPLE STANDING NEXT TO A TRUCK (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MOHAMMAD SHAKER, DISPLACED SYRIAN COMING FROM HAMA THAT USED TO LIVE AT AIN ISSA CAMP, SAYING: "This is the safe zone in Tal Abyad, there is no water or bread. There is no bread. It is a safe zone." VARIOUS OF PARKED CAR ABU ABDULLAH, A DISPLACED FROM IRAQ'S ANBAR, DRINKING WATER IN COURTYARD (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ABU ABDULLAH, A DISPLACED FROM IRAQ'S ANBAR, SAYING: "I am a refugee from Iraq, and I got out from Iraq, from Anbar, five years ago. I have been moving from one place to the other for five years until I reached the camp of Ain Issa. I had been in Ain Issa for two years now with my family that consists of 22 people including my children and grandchildren. I had been stuck in Ain Issa as sitting inside a prison." ABU ABDULLAH SITTING IN COURTYARD FAMILY TRAVELLING ON THE BACK OF A TRUCK VARIOUS OF VIEWS OF TAL ABYAD STREETS CHILDREN IN TAL ABYAD STREET
- Embargoed: 4th November 2019 06:53
- Keywords: syria tal abyad turkish offensive in syria turkey-syria border tal abyad border town ras al ain
- Location: TAL ABYAD, SYRIA
- City: TAL ABYAD, SYRIA
- Country: Syria
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA001B21IH53
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Syria's displaced families sought safety and assistance as they attempted to adjust to life in refugee camps on Sunday (October 20), two days after President Tayyip Erdogan agreed the truce to allow Kurdish forces time to pull back from Ankara's cross-border assault.
Tens of thousands have abandoned their homes across northern Syria, a new humanitarian crisis in a part of the country where a semblance of stability had been established.
More than 275,000 people have been displaced because of a Turkish offensive that began last week in northeast Syria, the region's Kurdish-led authority said on Tuesday (October 15). That number includes more than 70,000 children, it added in a statement.
In the camps, set up between open fields and school buildings, also Iraqi refugees who escaped harsh living conditions in Ain Issa's camp further South of the border with Turkey, tried to keep their families safe.
"I had been in Ain Issa for two years now with my family that consists of 22 people including my children and grandchildren. I had been stuck in Ain Issa as sitting inside a prison," said Abu Abdullah, who arrived in Syria five years ago from Iraq's Anbar.
The school buildings in Tal Abyad's area whose outdoor spaces were transformed into makeshift camps are three. Each one of them hosts around 15 families.
Turkey agreed on Thursday (October 17) in talks with the U.S. a five-day pause in the offensive to allow time for the Kurdish fighters to withdraw from a "safe zone" Turkey aims to establish in northeast Syria near the Turkish border.
(Production: Muath Freij, Chiara Rodriquez)
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