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Turkey stepped up its air and artillery strikes on Kurdish militia in northeast Syria on Friday. The move escalating an offensive that has drawn warnings of humanitarian catastrophe.
Reuters Anna Bevan reports.
Clouds of smoke billowed towards the sky as Turkish warplanes and artillery continued to hit Kurdish militia targets in northeast Syria on Friday.
Day three of an offensive that has already killed hundreds of people forced tens of thousands to flee and turned even some Washington allies against U.S. President Donald Trump.
On Thursday, Trump said on Twitter that the U.S. had three choices: send in thousands of troops, hit Turkey with sanctions or mediate a deal between Turkey and the Kurds.
Speaking to reporters shortly after, he said he hoped to do the latter.
I hope we can mediate, John, I hope we can mediate.
Turkey's offensive against the Syrian Democratic Forces led by Kurdish YPG militia began days after Trump pulled the remaining small number of U.S. troops out of Syria.
That was Reuters Anna Bevan reporting.