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Canada Ottawa Kurds calling for action as Turkey attacks northern Syria

12:25  12 october  2019
12:25  12 october  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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Ottawa 's Kurdish community is calling for action to stop the Turkish incursion into northern Syria that they say has put their family members and Simo said he felt helpless, useless and betrayed. He's part of a group organizing a rally to call on the international community and Canada to work together

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a man wearing glasses and looking at the camera: Juan Simo, a board member of the Ottawa Kurdish Community Association, has family that has had to flee their homes in northern Syria, where Turkey is conducting airstrikes.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Juan Simo, a board member of the Ottawa Kurdish Community Association, has family that has had to flee their homes in northern Syria, where Turkey is conducting airstrikes. Ottawa's Kurdish community is calling for action to stop the Turkish incursion into northern Syria that they say has put their family members and friends in danger.

Organizations for Kurds in Ottawa are planning a rally Saturday at the U.S. Embassy to protest President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw American forces from the border region, leaving their Kurdish allies behind.

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Ottawa 's Kurdish community is calling for action to stop the Turkish incursion into northern Syria that they say has put their family members and friends in Canada firmly condemns Turkey ’s military incursion into Syria today. —@cafreeland. "We appreciate that [she] condemned this attack on

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Turkish forces began the offence on Wednesday and have continued their offensive against U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters. Casualties have continued to climb and thousands of civilians are fleeing the violence.

Juan Simo, a board member of the Ottawa Kurdish Community Association, said he's still worried about his extended family back in northern Syria, who've fled their border city.

"My mind is there, I'm thinking about them a lot. I'm still worried about them," he told Alan Neal, host of CBC's All In A Day, on Friday.

"The danger could reach any moment, because they're not too far from the border."

Simo said he felt helpless, useless and betrayed. He's part of a group organizing a rally to call on the international community and Canada to work together to end the violence.

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"We need your help. We need your support to stop any genocide, even before it happens," he said.

Nujin Doustan, a member of the Kurdish Association of Canada and United Youth for Kurdistan, said it has been disturbing to see images of people injured in the rubble.

Earlier this week, Global Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland posted a series of tweets about Canada's position on the conflict, saying Turkey risks rolling back progress made against ISIS-affiliated militants in the region.

Douston said that's not enough.

"Words don't save lives," Douston said. "Unless there's sanctions, unless there's actual physical actions, words are not enough."

The Turkish ambassador to Canada, Kerim Uras, told CBC's Power & Politics on Friday that the operations are targeting ISIS militants to create a buffer zone on the Turkish-Syrian border. He said civilian casualties have been limited compared to other operations in the region.

The groups in Ottawa plan to protest outside the U.S. Embassy on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET.

US to step aside for Turkish assault on Kurds in Syria .
US to step aside for Turkish assault on Kurds in SyriaTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened for months to launch the military operation across the border. He views the Kurdish forces as a threat to his country. Republicans and Democrats have warned that allowing the Turkish attack could lead to a massacre of the Kurds and send a troubling message to American allies across the globe.

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