Erdogan urges Russia, Iran to stop 'disaster' in Syria's Idlib

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The northwestern province of Syria, described by the United Nations as a "dumping ground" for people evacuated and displaced from other parts of Syria during the seven year war, is the last major holdout of the rebels.

"In order for our efforts to succeed, guarantees must be given to civilians and moderate opposition groups that they will not be targeted once they separate from terrorists", Sinirlioglu said. He also stressed the need to prevent civilian casualties.

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

Guterres made the appeal after the Security Council remained divided over Idlib on Tuesday.

Such a response is especially likely due to the high visibility of the Idlib situation and Washington's multiple warnings about chemical weapons use.

Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock's comments in Geneva came days after Iran and Russian Federation backed a military campaign in the rebel-held area despite Turkey's pleas for a cease-fire.

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A possible attack on Syria's last opposition and rebel-held province of Idlib would sabotage the ongoing political process and cause a serious crisis of confidence, Turkey's presidential spokesman said on Tuesday.

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.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met in Tehran on Friday to discuss the conflict in Syria, but failed to agree on a strategy to protect Idlib's civilians. "It's just not my style", Mattis said when asked if and what kind of retaliation the USA military would carry out should the regime use chemical weapons in its offensive against Idlib.

Mark Lowcock, the UN's new humanitarian chief, warned on Monday that a large-scale military operation against Idlib could create "the worst humanitarian catastrophe" of this century.

"We have a military presence there and if that military presence is damaged or attacked in any way, it would be considered an attack on Turkey and would therefore receive the necessary retaliation", the source said. The Turkish army has also sent troops into Syrian rebel-held territory further east, in an area north of Aleppo city. "This includes some 1.4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), the majority of whom are women and children, who came to the region from other areas".

Russia's foreign minister has submitted documentation based on "concrete facts" to the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons warning of a potential false-flag chemical weapons operation coming in Syria's Idlib province.

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