Turkey Syria Offensive: Dozens Killed as Assault Continues

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Casualties are increasing as Turkey presses on with its cross-border offensive on Kurdish-held areas of northern Syria.

At least 11 civilians have died and dozens of fighters from the Kurdish-led SDF and pro-Turkish factions have been killed, reports say.

The first death of a Turkish soldier was confirmed by Turkey's military.

Tens of thousands of people have fled homes in the area, as international calls to halt the attack increase.

Republicans in the US House of Representatives have announced plans to introduce a sanctions bill against Turkey, and President Donald Trump has offered to mediate.

Turkey moved into northern Syria on Wednesday after the president pulled US troops out of the area.

Critics say the US withdrawal effectively gave Turkey the green light to begin its cross-border assault.

Turkey has defended the offensive as a bid to create a "safe zone" free of Kurdish militias which could also house Syrian refugees.

Turkey regards the Kurdish militias of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) - which have controlled the cross-border areas - as "terrorists" who support an anti-Turkish insurgency.

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Timothy Omondi