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Netherlands to freeze weapons exports to Turkey

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The Netherlands announced it will be freezing weapons exports to Turkey, according to a foreign ministry statement.

Syria's Kurds, who were the West's allies in the fight against ISIS, have been battling since Wednesday to hold off a Turkish incursion as thousands of civilians fled airstrikes and shelling that deepened fears of a humanitarian crisis and raised international alarm.

Norway, a NATO ally of Turkey, and Finland announced they were suspending all new arms exports to the country after Ankara launched a military offensive against Kurdish forces in northern Syria.