rdogan says more than 100 'terrorists' killed in Syria offensive



Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rejected international criticism of his country's incursion into north-eastern Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also threatened to "open the gates" for Syrian refugees in his country to Europe, lashing out at European Union criticism of an ongoing military offensive in north-eastern Syria.



Erdogan lashed out at Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the EU and the US, arguing that the ongoing offensive to the east of the Euphrates river is aimed at "eliminating terror" from along Turkey's borders.
Erdogan charged that Saudi Arabia was killing civilians in Yemen and referred to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi as a "killer."
Arab League foreign ministers plan to hold a crisis meeting on the situation on Saturday on a request from Egypt.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkish armed forces "neutralized" a total of 109 "terrorists" on the second day of an offensive in the east of the Euphrates river in north-eastern Syria.
Turkey aims at averting the creation of a "terrorist state" along its borders, Erdogan said, referring to the Kurdish militia which controls large areas in north-eastern Syria.
"We will destroy what is left of them," Erdogan said of the operation, dubbed "Peace Spring", calling on the Kurdish fighters to lay down arms. "Hey European Union! You cannot label our operation as an invasion," Erdogan said in Ankara.
"Then we will open the gates and send 3.6 million refugees," Erdogan said, adding the Turkish military operation is only aimed at "eliminating terror."

Thursday, October 10th 2019
(dpa)
           


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