Airstrikes and shells hit north-east as Trump raises possibility of sanctions on Ankara

What is happening in north-east Syria?

Kurdish civilians were fleeing from key towns in north-eastern Syria as Turkish forces continued to bombard targets for a third consecutive day and Donald Trump raised the possibility of imposing sanctions on Ankara.

There were reports on Friday of airstrikes and shelling in Ras al-Ayn and Tel Abyad, the Kurdish-held towns that have borne the brunt of the fighting, as Turkish ground troops and their allies sought to close in on both.

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