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World 'It's hell': Why the risk is just too high to cross the Syrian border

04:40  15 october  2019
04:40  15 october  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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UNTIL NOW, it was possible to hope that the damage caused by President Trump’ s terrible incompetence, ignorance and impulsivity in foreign policy That is no longer true. The cost of his latest Syria blunder is unfolding before our eyes: Innocent lives lost. U. S . servicemen and women betrayed.

It should ensure that all crossing points comply with these core legal obligations, as well as the ban on refoulement. The escalation of hostilities in the provinces of Idlib and Afrin inside Syria , and Turkey’ s refusal to allow Syrian asylum seekers to cross the border , comes as some refugee host countries

As the new Syrian war entered its fifth day, my crew and I - cameraman, security and a local translator - prepared to make the border crossing from where we have been based in northern Iraq, into Syria.

Loaded up with sleeping bags, body armour, medical kits, a satellite phone and all the toilet paper needed to spend several days in an active war zone, we made the three-and-a-bit hour drive through dilapidated desert towns, scattered with camps for thousands of Yazidi people displaced in the ISIS genocide of 2014.

a person standing posing for the camera: 9News Europe and Middle East Correspondent Amelia Adams is at the Iraqi border crossing into Syria. © 9News 9News Europe and Middle East Correspondent Amelia Adams is at the Iraqi border crossing into Syria.

As we drove closer to the arid Sinjar Mountains, our translator told us the Kurdish people have long had this saying: "we have no friends but the mountains."  And on this day, just hours after the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces cut a deal with the Syrian government to protect their people, this saying seemed especially pertinent.

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The risk of more ISIS supporters and fighter breaking free during the conflict remains very high , and could easily lead to a resurgence of ISIS in Syria . This was the intended goal of Turkish artillery fire which struck just outside a U. S . special forces outpost near the Syrian border town of Kobane on

Human Rights Watch has called on Turkey to stop firing on Syrian civilians fleeing fighting and allow them to cross the Turkish border . A new wave of refugees has fled northern Syria for the Turkish border after Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) opened fire on communities that had sheltered them.

During the journey, we heard reports from our sources in Syria that President Bashar al-Assad's forces were moving towards key towns near the border with Turkey.

In light of their Russian-brokered agreement, which the Kurdish Chief described as choosing "compromise instead of genocide," the Kurds were surrendering control of the land which they've held relatively peacefully for seven years.

Vladimir Putin, Bashar al-Assad are posing for a picture: In this May 17, 2018, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during their meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia.© AP In this May 17, 2018, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during their meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia.

As the Syrian regime moved fast to take control, there were fears it would seize the Iraqi-Syrian border within days, if not hours. Which would mean foreigners - including media - could well be trapped in Syria with no way out.

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It is unclear how many Syrians have left Lebanon to claim asylum in Europe. U.N. officials and aid workers say anecdotal evidence suggests that But it didn’t matter. Alyan said he had to risk the uncertainty because of the deteriorating health of his 3-year-old son, Yazan, who suffers from a blood

‘We aren’t the kind of family that sends our daughters to work,’’ Mahmoud al-Haj Ali told me one evening this fall. He’d just returned to the family’ s dingy second-floor apartment in Aurora, Ill., from the warehouse where he and his 19-year-old daughter, Sham, sorted boxes.

Australia doesn't recognise President Bashar al-Assad's regime, so we don't have a diplomatic presence in Syria. Our entry visas would be null and void. And the war was escalating.

A civilian convoy accompanied by journalists had just been hit by a Turkish air-strike with massive casualties. More than 800 wives and family members of Islamic State militants had broken out of a north Syrian prison camp, taking advantage of the Turkish bombardment to riot and flee their Kurdish guards.

Our security team back in Australia assessed the risk was now too high for us to cross the border. And as we pulled up at the crossing, Faysh Khabur, foreign press were arriving from Syria, getting out before it was too late.

a person posing for the camera: Adams says the risk is too high for the 9News team to enter into Syria.© 9News Adams says the risk is too high for the 9News team to enter into Syria.

Looking across the river Euphrates towards the frontline, we could see smoke rising from air strikes in the distance. Further up the road we met some families who already had Iraqi residency and had decided to leave Syria.

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We tried to cross into Turkey just after dark but soon after we crossed the fence Turkish police found us. Some of them told us they had been stopped trying to cross the border too . Turkey’ s Border Closure with Syria Despite sporadic border closures, in 2014 Syrians fleeing the conflict continued to

"And it ' s right, too , because it ' s not just the Syrian refugees who come here. Some people we ran into are not necessarily from Syria or Africa, but A section of the fence will have to be dug up and rebuilt because it was erected too close to Russia's border line. " It ' s now going to cost even more money

"It's genocide, it's hell," one man told 9News as he fought back tears.

"The Turkish are killing our children, and what does the world do?"

Assad's Russian-backed Syrian Arab army are preparing to face off with Turkish troops and their supporting Syrian rebels. The Kurdish people may be protected from Turkish slaughter, but in doing so they've not only traded their freedom, but also granted Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin a win in this volatile region. The battle lines have been redrawn.

The European Union has unanimously condemned the Turkish operation, and called for all member states to stop selling arms to Ankara.

US President Donald Trump announced tough sanctions on Turkey and said around 1,000 American troops withdrawing from Syria will stay in the middle east to help control the rising threat of an Islamic State revival, tweeting "Never ending wars will end!"

But standing looking across to Syria, it certainly does seem as though this war is a long way from over.

'We paid $2,000': Syrian refugees charged to cross Iraq border .
Refugees fleeing Turkish forces are being charged hundreds of US dollars each to cross from Syria into Iraq, according to Sky sources. © Other More than 7,000 Kurds have arrived at the Bardarash refugee camp in Iraq in a week. Pic: Helan Fahmi, Khalsa Aid International Kurds forced from their homes in northeastern Syria by Turkey's incursion are being denied entry into northern Iraq as the border crossing over the River Tigris has been closed.© Other Rifaa escaped Syria and paid smugglers $2,000 for her, her husband and three daughters to get into Iraq.

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