The United Nations expresses its deep concern over Turkey's ongoing operation in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria, which has already claimed lives of civilians and forced about 6,000 of people leave their homes, UN Secretary-General spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters on Tuesday.
The UN representative also added that more than 120,000 displaced people currently reside in the targeted district.
Turkey started a military intervention in the region, dubbed Olive Branch Operation, on Saturday by shelling Kurdish positions surrounding Syria's Afrin. The next day Ankara also confirmed the beginning of the ground offensive with Turkish troops entering the Syrian territory. According to Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag, the only aim of Ankara in Afrin is to elimminate terrorists from the area.
Since the start of Turkey's offensive the world community has been closely monitoring the humanitarian situation in the region. Russia stated that it follows the humanitarian aspects connected with the offensive stressing that it stays in contact with both Damascus and Ankara on this issue. The EU foreign affairs chief Mogherini also noted the importance of ensuring the security of civilians and their access to the humanitarian assistance amid the operation.