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

Turkey deploys military vehicles to Syria

The Idlib area forms part of an arc of territory in the northwest representing the last big area held by the opposition. Some of them have even changed home [already] more than twice, so they are all prepared for immediate evacuation in case of a military operation.

"We are extremely alarmed at the situation, because of the number of people and the vulnerability of the people", he said, warning that "civilians are severely at risk". "We we are trying to avoid this".

John Bolton went on to add that the USA has been in talks with Britain and France, who joined the previous United States attack on Syria, and that both of them also agreed to the need to carry out even bigger attacks this time.

"They have this capacity to kill and destroy", Laerke said". It said that followed a US request to the chancellery.

"The United States is long past taking Russian Federation and Iran at their word that they are genuinely interested in protecting civilians in Idlib from further violence", Haley said.

Assad has now set his sights on Idlib, and his forces have stepped up bombardment of the densely populated province since the beginning of the month.

A leading United Nations official warned on Monday that a Syrian regime offensive on an opposition province could spark the "worst humanitarian crisis" of the 21st century.

At least 30,000 residents have already been displaced from northwestern Syria's Idlib province, the UN Secretary General's spokesman warned Monday.

At the time, the attack provoked limited strikes by the US, UK and France on Syrian government chemical facilities.

"We are taking all the preventing measures to solve the refugee problem within Syria".

The UN's World Food Programme, he said had already prepositioned food stocks for some 850,000 people for the first week or so of any large-scale military operation.

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"The formation process of a constitutional committee will be discussed, and we can say that the preparations have come to the last stage", he added.

But he called on the worldwide community to offer more support for the expected increase in refugees.

The offensive could lead to a humanitarian nightmare, as there are no more opposition areas left in Syria for people to flee to and borders are mostly closed to refugees.

But officials admit that the wall has left those stranded in Idlib with little prospect of escape.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends a news conference in Ankara, Turkey, August 14, 2018.

Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia argued at the same Security Council meeting that there is a need to fight terrorists in Idlib.

On Sunday, government forces bombed the village of Hobeit in Idlib province, killing an infant girl and wounding several other civilians, the Syrian Civil Defence search-and-rescue group reported.

But there is a further obstacle; the strip of land between Turkey-controlled Afrin and Idlib is controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a former al-Qaeda affiliate.

Erdogan acknowledged that groups such as HTS "remain active in this area" but insisted that these fighters "account for a fraction of Idlib's population". Besides, there is also a list containing the names of civil activists.

He said 47 per cent of those displaced have moved to camps, 29 per cent are staying with families, 14 per cent have settled in informal camps and 10 per cent are in rented accommodation.

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