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World

AFP
October 10, 2019

Arab League to hold emergency talks on Turkey´s Syria offensive

World

AFP
Thu, Oct 10, 2019

CAIRO: The Arab League is convening an emergency meeting on Saturday to discuss Turkey´s offensive against Kurdish forces in Syria, the body said Wednesday.

Following a request by Egypt, the region´s foreign ministers will gather in Cairo on October 12 "to discuss Turkish aggression on Syrian territory", Hossam Zaki, the League´s assistant secretary-general, said in a statement late Wednesday.

The announcement came after Turkey launched airstrikes and artillery fire along the border with war-torn Syria earlier in the day, drawing international condemnation.

Backed by Syrian militants, it pushed on with a ground offensive in Tal Abyad, an area under the control of the Syrian Kurdish People´s Protection Units (YPG).

Ankara´s attack follows an abrupt US policy shift which saw America withdraw its troops from positions in northern Syria, effectively greenlighting Turkey´s military operation.

Zaki deemed the offensive "an unacceptable assault on the sovereignty of an Arab member state exploiting its situation... and violating international law".

In another statement earlier Wednesday, the League warned that the burgeoning attack "could help Daesh regain some of its force".