Syria’s Idlib could face worst catastrophe this century

Residents of the Idlib province flee toward the Syrian Turkish border

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

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.

About 2.9 million people live in the opposition-held area, which comprises most of Idlib province and adjacent small parts of Latakia, Hama and Aleppo provinces.

"We go wherever it's safe", said the man in his 30s. Various so-called "de-escalation zones" were agreed among the three guarantor powers in Syria as a result of multiple rounds of talks, including Idlib. "It must not be transformed into a blood bath".

"I understand that the present situation in Idlib is not sustainable and the presence of terrorist groups can not be tolerated. But fighting terrorism does not absolve warring parties of their core obligations under global law", he said.

"Fighting terrorism does not absolve warring parties of their core obligations under global law", said Guterres, who directly appealed to Iran, Russia and Turkey to spare no effort to protect civilians, "preserve basic services such as hospitals, ensure full respect for worldwide humanitarian law". Preserve basic services such as hospitals.

While Turkish and global NGOs and aid workers provide humanitarian aid to about 30,000 people in the camp, sending in more aid has proved impossible. But Putin said this would be pointless as it would not involve the Islamist militant groups that Russian Federation deems terrorists, and Rouhani said Syria must regain control over all its territory.

"The United States followed through when we said that we would respond to the use of chemical weapons". "Beyond the immediate human toll, such use would lead to a situation spiraling out of control", he warned.

Haley said the Astana process has failed "to stop the violence or to promote a political solution".

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

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During what was the second session on Idlib in four days, Haley told the council that "the world has seen a clear military escalation" this month by Russian Federation and the Syrian regime, whose forces have conducted more than 100 airstrikes, using "barrel bombs, rockets and artillery" in an attempt to retake the last rebel holdout after more than seven years of war.

"We consider any assault on Idlib to be a reckless escalation of the conflict".

He acknowledged that there were many rebels and fighters from "terrorist" groups in the province, but stressed that "there are 100 civilians, majority women and children, for every fighter in Idlib".

It is not the first time France has warned Assad, Russia or Iran that their aggression could amount to war crimes.

Turkish forces and Turkish-backed opposition fighters now control an area between Afrin and Jarabulus where Ankara had hoped to resettle the millions of refugees.

"We can not allow terrorists to hold hostage and use hundreds of thousands of people as human shields", he told the Security Council.

Turkey, which has sent troops to Idlib and supports some of the armed groups, called for "an immediate ceasefire" and urged "the worldwide community to vocally and actively support our efforts to this end".

"The Syrian regime seeks to legitimize its operation on counter-terrorism grounds". "We're talking about a terrorist operation". The terrorist organization is controlling almost 60% of Idlib, the place where anti-Assad organisations deployed.

He warned that such an offensive would only "create further suffering, alienate and radicalize more Syrians" and "play into the hands of terrorists". Syrian FM said the goal of this operation is to wipe out the jihadist groups in Idlib and the global actors must recognise that effort as Syria's independence right.

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