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'War is here': British woman volunteering with Syria's Kurds says civilians fleeing as Turkish assault begins 

The long-feared assault came days after Trump announced a US troop withdrawal
The long-feared assault came days after Trump announced a US troop withdrawal Credit: AFP

A British volunteer with the Kurds in Syria has described chaotic scenes on the border of Turkey on Wednesday as civilians fled a Turkish military offensive launch.

Lizzie Irvine, from south-east Scotland, spoke to the Telegraph from the town of Ras al-Ayn, which has become the focus of the Turkish assault on Kurdish-held northern Syria.

"Since 4pm, artillery shells have been falling on the city of Hasakah. There's smoke, columns of smoke rising above the city," the 30-year-old, who is a part of Women Defend Rojava campaign, said by phone. Rojava is the name Kurds have given to their autonomous territory in north-east Syria.

At least five civilians and three Kurdish fighters were reportedly killed...

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