Merkel had a phone conversation with Erdogan and called on the immediate termination of the military operation in the north-eastern part of Syria. She added that the attack must be stopped as it may lead to extremely tough humanitarian impact. Merkel stated that the terroristic group Islamic State may increase in the result of Turkish offensive.
Macron also encouraged Erdogan to cease hostilities in Syria and added that this was a common desire. The President of France states that his country together with Germany are seeking to the general European reply.
Turkish-backed Syrian rebels advanced into Ras al-Ain in northeast Syria on Saturday but it was unclear how far, with Turkey saying the town center had been taken and Kurdish-led forces denying this and saying they were counter-attacking.
"The National Army took control of the town center this morning. Inspections in residential areas continue," the report said.