U.N. Agencies Express Concern Over Humanitarian Situation In Syria Following Start Of Turkish Offensive After U.S. Withdraws Troops From Region

The Guardian: Tens of thousands of civilians flee Turkish offensive in Syria
“Tens of thousands of civilians have fled from the fighting after Turkish troops began a military operation against Kurdish forces in northern Syria, the U.N. refugee agency has said. According to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 60,000 people have fled their homes since Wednesday…” (Beaumont/Chulov, 10/10).

NBC News: Humanitarian concerns grow as thousands flee Syria after Turkish offensive
“Tens of thousands of people are fleeing fighting in northeast Syria, according to the United Nations refugee agency, as world leaders warned that Turkey’s invasion could spark a new humanitarian crisis. ‘Hundreds of thousands of civilians in northern Syria are now in harm’s way. Civilians and civilian infrastructure must not be a target,’ U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said in a statement Thursday…” (Smith, 10/10).

U.N. News: Civilians ‘must not be a target’, urges UNHCR, following military escalation in northern Syria
“…UNHCR warns that the situation risks causing more suffering in addition to adding to what is already the largest displacement crisis in the world, with more than five million Syrians living as refugees while another six million are internally displaced. The head of the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has also expressed concern over the latest developments in the war-torn country, stemming from Sunday’s decision by the President of the United States, Donald Trump, to withdraw U.S. troops from the region…” (10/10).