Diplomats from Iran, Russia and Turkey meet United Nations envoy on Syria

Diplomats from Iran, Russia and Turkey meet United Nations envoy on Syria

Syrian government and Russian warplanes began air strikes in Idlib last week in a possible prelude to a full-scale offensive and aid organizations said several medical facilities have already been targeted.

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.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said in an article in the Wall Street Journal that a Syrian government offensive in Idlib would cause humanitarian and security risks for Turkey, Europe and beyond.

Guterres said he was appealing to Iran, Russia and Turkey to "spare no effort to find solutions that protect civilians" and warned that any use of chemical weapons would be "totally unacceptable".

The UN Security Council met earlier to hear a briefing from Russian Federation, which insisted that the planned assault on Idlib is a "counterterrorism operation" and that measures will be taken to spare civilians.

Turkey's Ambassador Feridun Sinirlioglu made the appeal after telling the U.N. Security Council that President Bashar Assad's regime seeks to legitimize its military operation in Idlib on the grounds that it's fighting terrorism.

As reported by BBC News Turkey, he said Syria is open to dialogue with Kurdish groups, adding, "Our Kurdish brothers are a part of Syria and citizens of this country".

High-level diplomats from Iran, Russia and Turkey are meeting the United Nations envoy for Syria about creating a committee to revise the war-battered country's constitution.

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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".

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

Government forces backed by local and regional militias have been battling the militants for weeks in the countryside north of Sweida since the militants ambushed the city and its surrounds in July.

"Russia, Iran and Assad are demolishing Idlib and asking us to call it peace", she said. 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.

Previously, the Russian Ministry of Defense had accused the US government of planning a new round of airstrikes on Syria, using the false-flag attack allegedly being coordinated by terrorist groups on the ground in Syria as a pretext and justification.

The call comes as Russia, Iran and the Assad regime increase military operations in Idlib amid fears of a humanitarian catastrophe there.

Abu al-Baraa al-Hamawi, a rebel leader in northern Hama, said about 95 percent of people had left a number of villages in northern and western Hama province and in southern Idlib province in the last three days due to intensive air strikes. "That's something we're monitoring very closely", OCHA spokesman David Swanson told reporters.

More than 3 million people live in the rebel-held territory, almost half of them already displaced from fighting elsewhere in Syria. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict and millions more displaced, according to the UN.

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