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Turkish atrocities against Kurds begin: casualties reach hundreds, 70,000 displaced so far

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The predicted bloodbath unfolds. Wapo does an excellent summary of the current situation.

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— Richard Engel (@RichardEngel) October 12, 2019

​TRIGGER WARNING: video of civilians executed.

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— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) October 12, 2019

Thousands of civilians have fled their homes on both the Syrian and Turkish sides of the border, with the United Nations reporting Thursday that at least 70,000 Syrians were already displaced from their homes because of the latest escalation in the conflict. The Kurdish side said at least 10 civilians had been killed by Thursday evening, and local Turkish officials said at least six were dead on their side. In Turkey, one 9-month-old infant was among the dead. Erdogan, meanwhile, said that Turkish forces had killed at least 170 “terrorists,” which has not been independently confirmed.

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— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 12, 2019

On Saturday, the official SDF Twitter account stated that more than 200 people had been killed and wounded since Wednesday. “Today we are fighting on two fronts, one against the Turkish invasion and one against the ISIS mercenaries,” the group said.
Turkish forces clashes with Kurds for control of the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ayn on Saturday, as they attempt to establish a Turkish-controlled area on the Syrian side of the border. The Turkish Defense Ministry said Saturday that the town had been “brought under control” but the SDF denied that claim, and said clashes were ongoing.

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— Dani Homados (@homados) October 12, 2019

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— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) October 12, 2019

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— Elizabeth Tsurkov (@Elizrael) October 12, 2019

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— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) October 12, 2019

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