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United States talks Syria airstrikes with UK, France

14 September, 2018, 15:31 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Erdoğan says Idlib assault would be ‘a grave massacre

The call comes as Russia, Iran and the Assad regime increase military operations in Idlib amid fears of a humanitarian catastrophe there.

Fighters from a coalition of Islamist forces celebrate on after taking the al-Mastumah base in the Syrian city of Idlib.

A new offensive on Idlib would likely uproot 800,000 people, the United Nations warned, causing major problems for relief agencies.

Erdogan, who met with his Russian and Iranian counterparts at a summit in Tehran last week, also said Russia and Iran had a responsibility to stop the humanitarian disaster in Idlib.

The Kremlin's disinformation campaign is ramping up ahead of the planned Russian and Syrian government operation in Idlib, billed as the last major battle of the Syrian war.

In an article in today's Wall Street Journal, he calls on the global community to take action, and warns that "the entire world stands to pay the price" otherwise.

HTS is considered a terrorist group by Russian Federation and Turkey, with Russian Federation and the Syrian government using the group's presence in the area as one of the main justifications for its assault.

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That has prompted more than 30,000 people to be displaced within Idlib and parts of adjacent Hama province between September 1 and 9, the UN's humanitarian co-ordination agency (OCHA) said on Monday. "That's something we're monitoring very closely", OCHA spokesman David Swanson told AFP.

Turkey has renewed calls for global backing for a ceasefire in Idlib, telling the United Nations security council that an all-out assault on Syria's rebel-held province would trigger a huge wave of refugees and could threaten Europe.

A full-scale military offensive on Idlib risks creating the worst humanitarian tragedy of the 21st century, United Nations aid agencies have said, amid concerns that a severe funding shortfall threatens the most vulnerable victims of the conflict.

More than half a million people have been killed and 11 million already forced to flee their homes in Syria's seven-year-old war.

It is important that the parties - especially the three guarantors of the Astana process - find a way in which it is possible to isolate terrorist groups and it is possible to create a situation in which civilians will not be the price paid to solve the problem of Idlib, he said.

The US Ambassador chairs the rotating UNSC presidency for September.

"According to the data from the Idlib Governorate's residents, now the filming of a staged provocation of the alleged chemical weapons use by the Syrian army against the civilians is under way in Jisr ash-Shugur", said a statement by the Russian defense ministry mission in Syria, published in the TASS news agency on Tuesday.

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