Idlib offensive could spark 21st century's worst humanitarian catastrophe, United Nations says

Lester Mason
September 14, 2018

If the Syrian regime attacks Idlib, the last rebel enclave in Syria, the result will be a humanitarian and geopolitical disaster, Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned in a Wall Street Journal article on Tuesday.

Haley said the failed summit was another indication that Russia, Iran and the Assad regime are not interested in a political solution, telling the council that those parties have "had every opportunity to demonstrate their credibility as constructive actors in Syria". "Our position is rooted in the fact that the situation around Syria's Idlib governorate, where key forces of terrorists are now concentrated, is in focus of attention", the spokesman said.

Now, Bolton claims that the US, Britain and France are in agreement that a fresh attack would call for more severe retaliation.

Erdogan failed to secure a pledge for a ceasefire from Russian Federation and Iran at a trilateral summit in Tehran. The first such summit took place in Russia's Black Sea resort city of Sochi on November 22, 2017.

On Tuesday US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Assad has been well warned against any chemical weapons use in an anticipated assault on Idlib province.

The Turkish military now has a large presence inside the Idlib Governorate; however, it is still not clear whether or not they plan on confronting the Syrian government forces. Whatever the United States promises them, Kurds must look back and understand how they were betrayed by the U.S. in the last hundred years.

Idlib is the last refuge for the Syrian opposition and home to close to 3 million people, including 1.4 million displaced Syrians hailing from provinces now controlled by the government and close to 1 million children. "The consequences of inaction are vast", Erdogan said.

The attack occurred late Monday in the rural Tulul al-Safa area of the province, some 100 kilometres (60 miles) southeast of Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

As Russia continues to bombard the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib from the skies, in support of the country's ruling government's campaign to retake territory, Washington is warning of retaliatory strikes.

The position of the West became "nuanced", Nebenzia said, explaining that "what we hear is not linked to the use of chemical weapons" but they've "started saying force could be used if there's a military offensive in Idlib".

He also blamed terrorists for forcing the government to move on Idlib, a claim rejected by the USA and other nations, which argue that Russian Federation and the Assad regime are using that label to justify the military offensive. The world will hold them responsible.

"They hit with four rockets so we escaped with our flock", he said.

"Since September 4, an uptick in violence has killed scores of civilians and displaced more than 30,000 people, Laerke said".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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