But despite Turkish authorities saying that their army is within two kilometers of the city and threatening to invade soon, residents have refused to leave their hometown and are now planning to act as human shields to stop further attacks.
The violence broke out on March 11 when protesters opposed to Turkey's ongoing military operation in Afrin, a Kurdish-controlled area in northern Syria, were met by supporters of the Turkish offensive and German police, who used pepper spray to restore order at the airport. More than 2,000 civilians are already said to have been displaced by the fighting. "Where are you? You've invited NATO-member states to Afghanistan", Erdogan said.
Turkey launched its offensive against the YPG on January 20 claiming that the Kurdish forces, which it argues are an offshoot of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), represent a "terrorist" threat to its southern borders. Jamie Janson is a British volunteer with the Syrian Kurdish militia, the YPG, in the Afrin region.
A joint statement by the Initiative for the Unity and Solidarity of Peoples (SYPG) and the Free Socialist Women (JAS) says "We are now on the 51st day of our great resistance against the attack of the colonialist and fascist Turkish state on our canton Afrin".
"In the Afrin region, the owners of the lands have started to come back", said Erdogan.
"The worldwide community must support the resistance of Afrin people and break silence towards the invasive attacks", it said, calling on the UNSC to establish a no-fly-zone over Afrin.
The United States however has worked closely with the YPG in the fight against IS and the campaign has raised tensions with Turkey's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Washington. "We are constantly harassed by terror groups on our borders".
"Turkey's goal is not capture of the territories of the other states, but only elimination of the terrorism threat in the region".
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