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Thousands flee Syria as Turkish forces step up cross-border operations

Tens of thousands of people have fled their homes in northern Syria, as Turkish forces step up their cross-border offensive on Kurdish-held areas.
 
Turkish troops have encircled the border towns and aid agencies fear the exodus could reach hundreds of thousands.
 
International clamour has increased for Turkey to halt the attack.
 
Turkey has defended its bid to create a safe zone free of Kurdish militias which could also house Syrian refugees.
 


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