ISTANBUL, Oct. 12 (Reuters / EP) –
Turkish military forces have intensified attacks on the town of Ras al Ain, located in northeastern Syria, within the framework of the fourth day of offensive against the Kurdish militias and despite requests from the United States to reduce the bombing escalation.
The bombings have been intense in Ras al Ain, one of the two cities attacked in the first stages of the offensive and where smoke columns can be seen, according to a Reuters journalist. At the other nerve center, Tel Abyad, about 120 kilometers to the east, only punctual artillery attacks have been recorded this Saturday.
The Turkish Ministry of Defense has raised the number of “neutralized” militia to 415 since Wednesday, when the president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, ordered orders to begin operations against the Islamic State and, especially, against the Popular Protection Units (YPG ) Kurds.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimates that more than one hundred people have died in these early days, while the UN estimates that the number of displaced people is already around 100,000.
Turkey aims to create a safe area within Syria to move forward, among other things, in the return of 3.6 million refugees. Erdogan has threatened to let these refugees make their way to Europe if the EU does not support the offensive.