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Syria: MSF evacuates staff amid “extreme volatility” from Turkish offensive

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 22 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6134
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

The humanitarian aid agency Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has taken the “difficult decision” to suspend most of its activities in northeast Syria, where it has been providing food, water, and medical assistance, because of the volatile situation caused by Turkish military operations in the area.

Save the Children has also had to evacuate international staff, although local workers, who make up most of the workforce in the area, are continuing to provide services where possible.

Northeast Syria, which borders Turkey, is the largest area not controlled by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad or his allies. Before the Turkish government offensive, which started on 9 October, it was controlled by the Syrian …

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