Close to 70 people, many of whom are Kurdish people living in Ireland, held a demonstration in Dublin today, calling on Turkey to stop its military action in northeastern Syria.
The demonstration was held outside the offices of the European Union in Dublin.
Among the demonstrators was Azad Izzeddin, who is from the city of Qamishli close to the border with Turkey. He says his older sister Gulnaz, her husband and their five children have been displaced from their home in Al-Darbasiyah as a result of the recent violence. For now, they are safe, but are staying in temporary accommodation more than 100 kilometres away.
"My sister and her five kids and husband are now displaced because they lived on the Syrian, Turkish border. They had to go deep into the surrounding area and travel over 100 kilometres and take a house there until things are quiet again".
Azad, who is now an Irish citizen, came here six years ago seeking asylum as a result of the conflict in Syria. He is now deeply concerned to see hear that more than 160,000 people have been displaced from the region where he grew up.
"At the beginning we were afraid for the welfare of my sister and her kids and her husband. We were afraid that they would die until we heard that they had travelled.
"We would like the international community to condemn this with very strong words. We want the UN to establish a no-fly zone over the Kurdish areas because this incursion targets the existence of Kurdish people in Syria. It directly targets our existence".
He added that they are "very angry" about this, but cannot do anything except protest.
"They are committing heinous acts against people. We hope that the US and the world won't leave us alone facing Turkey".
He believes the Turkish offensive now targets the very existence of Kurds in north east Syria, and that the aim is to "wipe out Kurds from that area".
Azad says he appreciates the support that has been shown to the Kurds by people living in Ireland.
#Kurdish people living in Ireland are calling on the #EU and the Irish government to do more to help their people following the Turkish incursion into northeast #Syria which began over a week ago pic.twitter.com/2KrGfruLxs— Eleanor Burnhill (@ElMcM) October 17, 2019
Others attending the protest included Zhyan Sharif, a Kurdish woman from Iran who helps run the Kurdish Irish Society.
"We're seeking help and support from Europe, from everyone to make Europe aware of what's happening", she said.
Holding up an image of the bloodshed in the conflict she said: "You can see all the images, this is not cheap blood. Kurdish children, like any other children, they want to live".