A boy waves a Turkish flag as Turkish military vehicles drive on a street in the Turkish border town of Akcakale in Sanliurfa province [Stoyan Nenov/Reuters]

European powers have moved quickly to censure Turkey over its long-threatened military offensive in northeast Syria.

Soon after Turkish troops launched the cross-border operation on October 9 – aiming to “eliminate” Kurdish fighters it considers “terrorists” from the region – European members of the United Nations Security Council called for an immediate cessation of hostilities. In a joint statement, they said Ankara’s actions could destablise the Middle East and displace even more people.

The condemnation was followed swiftly by bans on arms sales to Turkey.

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