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In Pictures: Turkish incursion into Syria leads to more deaths and destruction

Updated : 2019-10-23 11:46:39

Turkey's incursion into Syria, aiming to rid the border area of Kurdish fighters, caused deaths and destruction on both sides and sent tens of thousands of civilians fleeing their homes. 

Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters on a pickup truck, drive past a graffiti of modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk as they cross the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey.  Turkey's incursion into Syria, aiming to rid the border area of Kurdish fighters, caused deaths and destruction on both sides and sent tens of thousands of civilians fleeing their homes.  (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters on a pickup truck, drive past a graffiti of modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk as they cross the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey.  Turkey's incursion into Syria, aiming to rid the border area of Kurdish fighters, caused deaths and destruction on both sides and sent tens of thousands of civilians fleeing their homes.  (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
A convoy of Turkish backed Free Syria Army is about to cross into Turkey near the town of Azaz, Syria. (AP Photo)
A convoy of Turkish backed Free Syria Army is about to cross into Turkey near the town of Azaz, Syria. (AP Photo)
Children watch as army tanks are transported on trucks in the outskirts of the town of Akcakale, in Sanliurfa province. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Children watch as army tanks are transported on trucks in the outskirts of the town of Akcakale, in Sanliurfa province. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
People in Akcakale Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, at the border with Syria, watch smoke billowing inside Syria, during bombardment by Turkish forces. Turkey's foreign minister says Turkish troops intend to move some 30 kilometres (19 miles) deep into northern Syria and that its operation will last until all
People in Akcakale Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, at the border with Syria, watch smoke billowing inside Syria, during bombardment by Turkish forces. Turkey's foreign minister says Turkish troops intend to move some 30 kilometres (19 miles) deep into northern Syria and that its operation will last until all "terrorists are neutralized," a reference to Syrian Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Mourners carry the coffin of ten-month-old Mohammed Omar Saar, killed during incoming shelling from Syria in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey. According to the Kurdish Red Crescent, 44 civilians were killed and 171 wounded since the attack began on October 9. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Mourners carry the coffin of ten-month-old Mohammed Omar Saar, killed during incoming shelling from Syria in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey. According to the Kurdish Red Crescent, 44 civilians were killed and 171 wounded since the attack began on October 9. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
People run to take cover after mortars fired from Syria hit Akcakale, Turkey. On Friday, Turkish forces faced fierce resistance from US-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters on the third day of Ankara's offensive in northern Syria, as casualties mounted, international criticism of the campaign intensified and estimates put the number of those who fled the violence at 100,000. (Ismail Coskun/IHA via AP )
People run to take cover after mortars fired from Syria hit Akcakale, Turkey. On Friday, Turkish forces faced fierce resistance from US-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters on the third day of Ankara's offensive in northern Syria, as casualties mounted, international criticism of the campaign intensified and estimates put the number of those who fled the violence at 100,000. (Ismail Coskun/IHA via AP )
A local resident uses his mobile to take photos of the damages on a house, caused by a mortar fired from inside Syria, on the Turkish town of Akcakale. Nobody got hurt by the attack. The owners of the house weren't home at the time of the attack. Turkey says its military offensive has taken central Ras al-Ayn, a key border town in northeastern Syria, and its most significant gain since its cross-border operation began against Syrian Kurdish fighters began. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A local resident uses his mobile to take photos of the damages on a house, caused by a mortar fired from inside Syria, on the Turkish town of Akcakale. Nobody got hurt by the attack. The owners of the house weren't home at the time of the attack. Turkey says its military offensive has taken central Ras al-Ayn, a key border town in northeastern Syria, and its most significant gain since its cross-border operation began against Syrian Kurdish fighters began. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A woman cries after the funeral of Ismail Taskin, 38 years old, killed during incoming shelling from Syria. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human puts the death toll higher, saying 86 people have been killed, including 21 children.  (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
A woman cries after the funeral of Ismail Taskin, 38 years old, killed during incoming shelling from Syria. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human puts the death toll higher, saying 86 people have been killed, including 21 children.  (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Turkey says a total of 20 civilians were killed by shelling inside Turkey, while six Turkish soldiers and 74 Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters were killed in the fighting. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Turkey says a total of 20 civilians were killed by shelling inside Turkey, while six Turkish soldiers and 74 Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters were killed in the fighting. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
An agreement was reached Thursday night to halt the fighting for five days, but Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that unless Kurdish-led fighters withdraw
An agreement was reached Thursday night to halt the fighting for five days, but Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that unless Kurdish-led fighters withdraw "without exception" from a zone 30 kilometres (20 miles) deep in Syria running the entire 440-kilometre (260-mile) length of the border, Turkish forces will resume fighting. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A Syrian girl who is newly displaced by the Turkish military operation in northeastern Syria, weeps as she sits in a bus upon her arrival at the Bardarash camp, north of Mosul, Iraq. The camp used to host Iraqis displaced from Mosul during the fight against the Islamic State group and was closed two years ago. The UN says more around 160,000 Syrians have been displaced since the Turkish operation started last week, most of them internally in Syria. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
A Syrian girl who is newly displaced by the Turkish military operation in northeastern Syria, weeps as she sits in a bus upon her arrival at the Bardarash camp, north of Mosul, Iraq. The camp used to host Iraqis displaced from Mosul during the fight against the Islamic State group and was closed two years ago. The UN says more around 160,000 Syrians have been displaced since the Turkish operation started last week, most of them internally in Syria. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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