France also stops exporting weapons to Syria, the country announced on Saturday evening. Earlier in the day, the German authorities reported stopping. Both countries made the decision because of the Turkish invasion of northern Syria.

A number of other countries, including the Netherlands, made the same decision earlier.

France has warned Ankara that the offensive in Syria is jeopardizing the security of Europe, is stated in a joint statement by the French Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs on Saturday.

Turkey's army has been working on a major operation in Syria since Wednesday, killing 459 Kurdish fighters. All Foreign Ministers of the EU member states will discuss the position of the European Union on this issue on Monday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to create a "safe zone" in northern Syria. The area in question is in the hands of a coalition led by Kurds. Erdogan sees this group of Kurds as an extension of the PKK, which is regarded by various countries as a terrorist organization.

Fear of IS fighters escaping

The coalition guards several prisons in northern Syria where fighters from the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group are being held. A spokesperson for the partnership fears that the surveillance system for IS militants will be weakened due to the Turkish raid.

As a result of the violence, one hundred thousand people have fled northern Syria since Wednesday. A large proportion of these people flee to the south.

See also: Why Turkey launched a military offensive in Syria


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