AMMAN (October 10, 2019) – As Turkey begins a new military operation in northern Syria, CARE is deeply concerned about the risk any escalation in violence will pose to civilians. Unconfirmed sources already point to population movements out of Syrian towns bordering Turkey. Military action is likely to trigger mass displacement and disrupt humanitarian aid delivery to vulnerable populations, some of whom have already been displaced multiple times during the conflict. It is crucial that the protection of civilians is held paramount and that their freedom of movement is maintained. CARE calls on parties to the conflict to take all possible steps to avoid harm to civilians and to ensure humanitarian actors have sustained, unimpeded, and safe access to vulnerable men, women, and children in need.
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Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE has more than seven decades of experience helping people prepare for disasters, providing lifesaving assistance when a crisis hits, and helping communities recover after the emergency has passed. CARE places special focus on women and children who are often disproportionately affected by disasters. Last year, CARE worked in over 90 countries to reach 80 million people, including more than 11 million through emergency response and humanitarian aid. Learn more at www.care.org.