France and Germany urge Turkey to end the invasion operation

Reactions against Turkey's military offensive seeking to invade North and East Syria continue to grow.

France's President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Sunday for an end to Turkey's offensive against Kurds in northern Syria, warning of dire humanitarian consequences and a boost for the Islamic State group.

"Our common wish is that the offensive must cease," Macron told a joint press conference with Merkel, who said she had spoken to Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan for an hour on Sunday and told him: "We must put an end to this Turkish invasion".

"There are humanitarian reasons for this," Merkel told journalists, adding: "We can no longer accept this situation against the Kurds. Another solution must absolutely be found."

For his part, Macron said the offensive risked creating "unbearable humanitarian situations" while helping ISIS jihadists, whom the Kurds had fought, "re-emerge in the region".