Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Regime, Russian air raids resume on Syria's Idlib

Regime, Russian air raids resume on Syria's Idlib

He added that Russian Federation and Iran were also responsible for stopping a humanitarian disaster in Idlib, and said the global community had to "throw its weight behind a political solution".

Recep Tayyip Erdogan evaluated the latest developments in northwestern Idlib province and Turkey's position on the matter in an article he wrote for the US daily The Wall Street Journal.

In another village in central Idlib, Hass, an area hospital was hit by the airstrikes, putting it out of service and injuring two of its staff members, according to Coordinators of Response, a group of volunteers operating in northern Syria. "The consequences of inaction are immense" Erdogan said.

For years, the Erdogan administration actively supported the rebels in the hope of overthrowing President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

"A regime assault [in Idlib] would also create serious humanitarian and security risks for Turkey, the rest of Europe and beyond", he added. USA officials said precision strikes hit a scientific research center near Damascus, a storage facility and command post also near the capital and a chemical weapons storage facility near Homs.

The United Nations said a full-scale offensive would cause a humanitarian catastrophe.

Erdogan on Friday said Turkey couldn't cope with more Syrian refugees, referring to more than 3.5 million people scattered across the country.

Pointing out that the regime's indiscriminate attacks are "not a genuine or effective campaign against terrorism", Erdoğan once again highlighted the importance of a complete cease-fire in the region. U.S. President Donald Trump has warned Assad against committing a "slaughter" in the Syrian province. "That is particularly true for the use of banned chemical weapons which the Assad government has already used in the past", it said.

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"When we speak to Syrians who have already been displaced three, five, even six times, they themselves say there is nowhere to go".

More than three million people have fled to Idlib and as many as 70,000 opposition fighters are dug in there.

Now, as Syria gears up for an attack to retake Idlib, the last major bastion of terrorists in the country, Washington is threatening a third strike. If the global community, including Europe and the USA, fail to take action now, not only innocent Syrians but the entire world stands to pay the price. "To ensure that we succeed, the rest of the world must set aside narrow self-interest and throw its weight behind a political solution", he said.

Yeni Safak daily claimed that the Turkish army has kept more than 50,000 FSA terrorists on alert in Afrin, Azaz, Jarabulus, al-Bab and al-Rai regions to further sent them to battle against the Syrian government forces' operation in Idlib province.

According to the United Nations, violence in Syria's northwest has displaced more than 30,000 people this month alone, warning that a looming assault could create the century's "worst humanitarian catastrophe".

Swanson said that since Friday's summit, mortar and rocket attacks had increased, especially in the northern Hama countryside and southern Idlib rural areas.

A three-way summit in Tehran on Friday, including Russia, Syria and Turkey, failed to agree on a ceasefire, and the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan - with U.S. backing - is now putting maximum diplomatic pressure on Russia not to mount into all-out military assault that would create chaos and reduce the chances of a political settlement.

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