Strong criticisms were levelled against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his move by the European Union as well as the US and sanctions were also imposed. Protests were also held in major European cities against the invasion with incidents of scuffles breaking out between Turks and Kurds. Such protests are likely to continue should the offensive continues into November.
Additionally, there have also been fears of humanitarian crisis with the number of people displaced by the conflict growing every day. Although relief camps were being established, the rapidly shifting battle lines also meant that most of the Kurds would not be able to stay for long and instead continue heading to the south, which had also been battered by the brutal eight-year civil war.
As some make the perilous journey to Iraq, the new wave of displaced people would only put further strain to the camps in the west of the country that is already hosting thousands of refugees. Amid the unfolding conflict, Safeture has also been providing updates for its users via its regular incident reports as well as weekly overviews on the Syrian civil war.