Istanbul (dpa) - As a result of the recent escalation in the Syrian conflict, tens of thousands of people are fleeing the United Nations and activists. In the first 36 hours since the start of a Turkish offensive against Kurdish militias in northern Syria, at least 60,000 people have been displaced, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Their information on refugees is based on estimates, there was no independent confirmation for this number. The Turkish military continued its offensive on Thursday, targeting several border towns.