It’s absolute gridlock right here in northern Syria, close to the border with Turkey, as individuals attempt to flee to security with little thought of what the Turkish army has in retailer for them.
For civilians residing on this Kurdish stronghold, it is their worst nightmare taking part in out earlier than their eyes.
There was a hope up till the final minute that maybe the US would stand in assist of its Kurdish allies and forestall this incursion from taking place.
However now there’s widespread concern of what Turkey — which views the YPG-controlled zone as an existential menace — will do subsequent.
To date, Turkish airstrikes have largely hit Kurdish army targets, however after you have mortars flying, there’s at all times a possible for civilian casualties. We witnessed what gave the impression to be six totally different strikes and a fireplace at what locals instructed us was a cotton manufacturing unit.
Chaotic scenes are unfolding now, with roads choked with a whole lot of fleeing households, bikes piled with 5 to 6 individuals, mattresses strapped to automobiles. Thick black smoke will be seen rising from numerous totally different areas.
Individuals don’t know the place they are going to go, the place they are going to sleep tonight, or what they will anticipate from this Turkish operation.