Thousands try to escape war in Syria

Thousands of people are trying to escape the growing warfare with Kurdish fighters as the Trump administration denies allowing the attack to happen.
2:12 | 10/11/19

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Now to the escalating tensions in Syria and the assault by the Turkish military. There are unconfirmed reports of hundreds of kurdish fighters already killed. Thousands trying to escape the growing warfare with kurdish fighters as the trump administration denies allowing the attack to happen. Ian Pannell is on the ground in Syria with the latest. Good morning, Ian. Reporter: Yeah, good morning, Michael. From northern Syria and just look at the scene. We're seeing people piled high with their belongings, families fleeing the front line which is just down the road. This region isn't on the brink of a humanitarian crisis, it's now in the middle of one as Turkey ramps up its aerial and land bombardments of civilian areas. Overnight the Turkish assault on northern Syria escalating. Booming explosions heard through the night, Turkish air strikes and artillery fire aimed at the kurds. Turkish-backed militias seen firing their way into Syrian villages and Turkey saying the incursion will not stop until so-called terrorist are neutralized. Those suffering the most the people who call it home, tens of thousands on the move trying to escape. We met this woman and her family stranded by the side of the road try to flee. She says they left after seeing people including children targeted in Turkish strikes. She asks, why did the Americans a passing pickup truck, their only way out. We watched her and her family escape and with nowhere else to go they say they'll sleep in the desert. Some kurdish people blaming president trump who they feel gave the Turks permission for the attack by ordering U.S. Troops out of the area. The president now suggesting he might use economic sanctions in an effort to mediate a new deal. I mean, just look at the scenes here. You've got this truck piled high with women, with children. They don't know where on Earth they're going to go. We've been talking to some of the refugees and what they're saying, why isn't America helping us? Please America come to our assistance. One man adding we used to be allies against ISIS. What happened? Cecilia. They certainly have so many questions there. Okay, Ian, thank you.

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