Damascus Shells Idlib as U.N. Chief Warns of 'Bloodbath'

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Russian Federation is due to brief the United Nations Security Council later Tuesday about the results of the Tehran summit it held with Iran and Turkey on the fate of Syria's Idlib province.

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.

"To recapture eastern Ghouta in April, government forces launched numerous indiscriminate attacks in densely populated civilian areas, which included the use of chemical weapons", it said.

"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. Besides, there is also a list containing the names of civil activists.


De Mistura's talks Tuesday came as top United Nations officials were expressing deep concern about the humanitarian consequences of an expected assault on Idlib, where an imminent offensive by the Syrian forces, aided by Russian Federation, is likely to take place.

"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.

Haley accused Russian Federation and Iran of having little interest in a political solution and called their actions those of "cowards interested in a bloody military conquest".

Syria's regime and Iran have been building up their forces around Idlib province, the last stronghold of the rebels with fears an assault on the region is imminent.


"Representatives of the three guarantor countries will meet again in Geneva with the UN's Secretary-General's special envoy on Syria in the coming days", Erdogan said on Friday. S, on the other hand, gave a warning to Syria not to use any kind of chemical weapon. There are allegations that the British forces have been helping rebels "stage" an attack in Idlib that would release some chlorine gas and provide a pretext for the US-led intervention.

Haley, the United Nations envoy, again warned Assad and his allies that any assault on Idlib would be considered "reckless" by the us and "the consequences will be dire".

Kalin said Turkey expects all parties to make "constructive" contributions and agree on a political solution on Syria. The Turkish army has also sent troops into Syrian rebel-held territory further east, in an area north of Aleppo city.

"What we propose is very clear".


HTS is also the dominant group in the sprawling Atimeh refugee camp close to the Turkish border, which is already home to about 800,000 people organised in more than 50 different camps, with others setting up tents themselves and living without access to any formal services.

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