Turkish President Warns Of Humanitarian Disaster In Idlib

Turkish President Warns Of Humanitarian Disaster In Idlib

Posted: Sep. 11, 2018 7:00 am Updated: Sep.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan last week failed to secure a pledge for a ceasefire in Idlib from Russian Federation and Iran, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's main backers, at a trilateral summit in Tehran.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged the worldwide community to prevent a Syrian government offensive in Syria's Idlib, as the United Nations says it fears the century's "worst humanitarian catastrophe" there.

"It is absolutely essential to avoid a full-scale battle in Idlib", Guterres told reporters at United Nations headquarters.

During his remarks, Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia repeated the claim that "Syria has no chemical weapons", and said it would be folly on a humanitarian and political basis for the Assad regime to use chemical weapons, as it would prompt the United States and others to attack inside Syria.

Idlib is home to some three million people - about half of them displaced by fighting in other parts of the country, according to the UN.

Damascus, which is backed by its allies Iran and Russian Federation, is preparing a major offensive on Idlib and other areas of northwest Syria to bring them under regime control. "That's why it is necessary to eliminate them, as a phenomenon".

He told council members there is "an urgent need" to separate opposition fighters seeking a political settlement from the "terrorists" in Idlib, and appealed to those with influence to exert pressure to achieve this. "Every day, I need water, hay and bran to feed them".

Rebel militants, the Kremlin says, have already delivered the toxic substances, including chlorine, to the town of Jisr Al Shughour in Idlib.

De Mistura will meet on Monday and Tuesday with the guarantor countries of Astana process - Turkey, Russia, and Iran. "The consequences of inaction are huge".

The offensive came just hours after more than 60 air raids killed at least four civilians in southern Idlib on Saturday.

Other aid agencies working in the region raised similar concerns on Monday, with Ahmed Mahmoud, Syria spokesperson for aid group Islamic Relief, telling MEE that some people were seeking shelter under trees because they had nowhere else to go.

The intensive strikes resumed on Sunday, according to residents and rescuers, as Damascus stepped up its assault on the area after a Russian-Iranian-Turkish summit failed to agree on a ceasefire. The Turkish army has also sent troops into Syrian rebel-held territory further east, in an area north of Aleppo city.

Guterres said he was appealing to Iran, Russia and Turkey to "spare no effort to find solutions that protect civilians" and warned that any use of chemical weapons would be "totally unacceptable". It said that followed a US request to the chancellery. "There is no doubt that such provocations are being prepared", he added, noting that terrorist groups operating in Syria are on the defensive and are getting desperate, as the Syrian government's mission to combat and defeat the terrorist threat continues to make progress.

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