Turkey calls on worldwide community to avert Idlib assault

Turkey calls on worldwide community to avert Idlib assault

Al-Qaeda-linked rebels, known as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, or HTS, control more than half of Idlib, and much of the Russian and Syrian government rhetoric has focused on a need to defeat the group.

The comments came four days after the Turkish president met his Russian and Iranian counterparts for a summit in Tehran, where Erdogan sought to avert a bloody assault in Idlib.

"There need to be ways of dealing with this problem that doesn't turn the next few months in Idlib into the worst humanitarian catastrophe with the biggest loss of life in the 21st century", Mark Lowcock told reporters in Geneva.

Opposition forces in Idlib say they will fight to the end for control of the province, while Mr Assad has repeatedly vowed to regain control of all Syrian territory.

Haley blamed Russian Federation and the regime for allegedly carrying out more than 100 airstrikes, some of which she said were "ruthless double tap" strikes targeting first responders.

"Russia is reminding Turkey it needs to stay in Russia's good graces if Turkey wants to avoid a painful catastrophe in northwest Syria", said the researcher at the Center for New American Security.

"President Bashar al-Assad of Syria must not recklessly attack Idlib Province", Trump wrote September 3 on Twitter.

Turkey, which has recently sent reinforcements to its borders to prevent the influx of more refugees, now hosts more than three million Syrians.

A militant from an unspecified group stationed in Idlib has issued a threat to Turkish President Recep Tayyip, warning that militants in northwestern Syria have dug a tunnel stretching into Turkey's Hatay province.

The crisis in Idlib has the potential to "unleash a humanitarian nightmare unlike any seen in the blood-soaked Syrian conflict", UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday, noting that there are close to 1 million children in Idlib, part of the wave of internally displaced Syrians who fled there to escape violence elsewhere.

The spike in violence came after Russian Federation, fellow regime ally Iran, and rebel backer Turkey on Friday failed to immediately agree on a solution to avert an imminent government offensive.

"The Astana process is ongoing, and with the help of the process we will have tangible results", he said, referring to the trilateral process with Iran and Turkey.

Swanson said that since Friday's summit, mortar and rocket attacks had increased, especially in the northern Hama countryside and southern Idlib rural areas.

More than 3 million people live in the rebel-held territory, almost half of them already displaced from fighting elsewhere in Syria.

The Assad regime has twice been targeted by United States air and missile strikes after previous alleged chemical attacks, and United States officials have in recent days said additional action would follow if Assad were to use the banned weapons in rebel-held Idlib.

The West has warned Assad that his regime would face serious consequences if he used chemical weapons in Idlib.

Syria's conflict has killed more than 350,000 people and forced millions more out of their homes, but the United Nations has warned a full-blown attack on Idlib could bring unprecedented suffering.

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