Turkey intensifies Syria offensive, 100,000 flee homes
UN said 100,000 people have fled their homes in north Syria as Turkey intensified its air and artillery strikes in the region.
Thousands of civilians have fled the violence and many people are sheltering in schools or other buildings in Hassakeh city and the town of Tal Tamer, the UN said according to AFP.
Meanwhile, US troops near the northern Syrian border came under artillery fire from Turkish positions on Friday, a Pentagon spokesman said, warning that the US was prepared to meet aggression with "immediate defensive action."
In its first big attack since the assault began on Tuesday, ISIS claimed responsibility for a deadly car bomb in Qamishli, the largest city in the Kurdish-held area, even as the city came under heavy Turkish shelling.
Also, five Isis militants have broken out of a prison in northern Syria after Turkish shelling nearby, a spokesman in the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has said.
At least 11 civilians have died. Humanitarian groups say the number of people affected will rise further.
Dozens of fighters from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and pro-Turkish factions have been killed. 101