Nearly one thousand people gathered in the southwestern German city of Heilbronn on Sunday, in support of the Turkish government and its military offensive in northern Syria.

Pro-Turkey activists rallied in central Kilianplatz, where speeches were held amid Turkish flags and music. Tension rose when Kurdish activists appeared on the square, but the heavy police presence prevented clashes between the two sides.

Several rallies were held in solidarity with the Kurds in Germany since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the beginning of the operation dubbed 'Operation Peace Spring' to create a 'safe zone' in northern Syria cleared of Kurdish forces.

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