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UN: 1.8 million people need humanitarian aid in northeastern Syria

UNITED NATIONS (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — At least 1.8 million people in northeastern Syria need humanitarian assistance, spokesman for the UN Secretary General Stephane Dujarric said at a briefing.

Earlier, Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary General Farhan Hack said that the UN will intensify humanitarian activities in the areas of Syria, where Turkey’s operation has been launched.

“Of the 3 million women, children and men in the northeast (Syria – ed.), 1.8 million already needed humanitarian assistance, including 910 thousand in dire need of it,” said the spokesman for the secretary general, speaking about the start of the Turkish operation.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on October 9 announced the launch of Operation Source of Peace in northern Syria against the Kurdistan Workers Party and the Islamic State terrorist group banned in Turkey.

Turkish aviation attacked the city of Ras al-Ain and a number of other Syrian cities on the border of the two countries on the same day.

Later it was announced the start of the ground part of the operation.

On Saturday, October 12, the Turkish Ministry of Defense reported that the Turkish military and the Syrian armed opposition took control of Ras al-Ain, and on Sunday, Anadolu reported taking control of the city of Tell Abyad.

Syrian authorities have repeatedly condemned the occupation policy of Turkey in northern Syria.

Russia stated that Turkey needs to avoid actions that could stand in the way of resolving the Syrian conflict, which has been ongoing since 2011.

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