1. Wide of protesters gathered outside building where Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand have their offices
2. Close of sign reading (English): "This veteran calls it - BETRAYAL"
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ozlem Goner, Protester:
"So, this is outrageous, and we want 'No Fly Zone.' Get out of there, if you want (referring to the US). You want to take the troops out? Sure, but you need to do something so that these people are not baits once again to the Turkish massacres. This happened over and over again in the past century. So, anything that's happening to Kurds today is the fault of Trump and is the fault of the US and is the fault of NATO, who's not able to protect their number one ally that defeated ISIS."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ozlem Goner, Protester:
"I just feel like I need to stop this with everything I have, with everything everyone has over here because they've paid a huge price and they were able to form this beautiful democracy in the midst of war zone and in under the threat of ISIS and so they were able to do this. And we're just turning our backs and saying, 'Sure, Erdogan, enter and kill them all.'"
5. Various of protesters, including Shira Antar and Aram Bowen
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Shira Antar, Has family in Syria:
"I'm scared for them because of -- because I don't know what's going to happen, and they don't know what's going to happen and it's happened before. They've gone into people's houses before and slaughtered their kids. They would -- basically the Turkish forces would go up into somebody's house and they would, first hold the man hostage and they would kill his kids in front of him and then his wife and then they would kill him. And it's just terrifying to know that could be one of my family members and it's sad that the president (referring to President Trump) has done this without thinking about all these families that might be affected."
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Aram Bowen, Philadelphia Rojava Solidarity Network:
"We are looking for support from the representatives of the United States government. When Trump, three days ago, decided to pull our troops out of Syria, it was in a clear indication that we were abandoning our greatest allies in Syria -- the Kurds, the YPG, and the Syrian Democratic Forces. These are the people that fought alongside us and for us to abandon them now, it would be a great betrayal to our allies and an indication to our allies in the future that the United States doesn't plan on standing with them when they agree to fight with us. So, the hope right now is that we can get presence of a resolution that would end, would offer a 'No Fly Zone' in Syria and that 'No Fly Zone' would be crucial for the allies and the United States in fighting back this Turkish incursion."
8. Various of protesters speaking to staffers of Sen. Schumer and Sen. Gillibrand outside building
Protesters in New York took their concern for family and friends back home in northern Syria to the offices of Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Wednesday.
Amid heavy rain and with placards in hand, they're hoping lawmakers will push for a 'No Fly Zone' in the area after President Donald Trump announced his decision to pull back U.S. troops Monday.
The move cleared the way for a Turkish invasion Wednesday, abandoning Kurdish fighters who fought alongside American forces to defeat the Islamic State.
Protesters like Ozlem Goner and Shira Antar, who are both Kurds, fear for the lives of those in the region. Antar, specifically, says she fears what might happen to her family back home in Syria.
"I'm scared for them because I don't know what's going to happen, and they don't know what's going to happen and it's happened before. They've gone into people's houses before and slaughtered their kids," Antar said, referring to the Turkish army.
For Goner, a sociology professor at the City University of New York who says her family has been persecuted for decades for being Kurds, the move feels like betrayal, "like we're just turning our backs and saying, 'Sure, Erdogan, enter and kill them all'," she said.
"I just feel like I need to stop this with everything I have, with everything everyone has over here because they've paid a huge price," she added.
A security official said Turkey's ground forces and Turkish-allied Syrian opposition forces have crossed into an area of northern Syria in a four-pronged offensive.
The security official based near Turkey's border with Syria would not say how many troops were involved in the ground operation that began Wednesday hours after Turkish jets and artillery pounded Syrian Kurdish targets in the region and spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity in line with government rules.