In pictures: Syrian Kurds in Erbil call on UN to save Afrin olives
Syrian Kurds who staged a protest outside of the United Nations compound in the Kurdistan Region’s capital city of Erbil calling on the world to save the Kurdish canton of Afrin from the Turkish military operation that began on Saturday and has killed tens of civilians.
Ankara has vowed to “crush” the US-backed Kurdish force that has been in control of Afrin since the start of the civil war in 2011, a relatively peaceful area in northwestern Syria that has become a safe haven for those fleeing other towns and cities of the war-torn country.
Anakara's ‘Operation Olive Branch’ has caused the death of at least 100 people including fighters from both sides, many of them civilians, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Some of the protesters held branches of olives in their hands, and others the flag of Kurdistan.
“Afrin will remain the city of peace,” a banner put up by a young girl read with a picture of worship place.
Christian and Yezidi community, among others, have called on the international community to stop the Turkish offensive.
Turkey has vowed to continue the offensive despite growing international concerns.
Photos by AFP/Safin Hamed