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

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

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

Hundreds of civilians have fled villages near the front line in Syria's Idlib province fearing an imminent regime assault on the country's last major opposition and rebel bastion, a monitor said.

"While trying to wake up the world against the threat of a massacre in Idlib, Turkey is prepared to shelter about 200,000 refugees at camps within Syria", Saadet Oruc, a senior Erdogan adviser, told state-run TRT radio.

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

According to US officials, the Russians have twice threatened to conduct military operations in the area over the last 10 days, prompting the USA military to warn against any such move and deploy Marine reinforcements to the area.

"These are people who did not want to surrender or reconcile to the al-Assad Government and so they were corralled into Idlib Province."

Mr Swanson said that since Friday, mortar and rocket attacks had increased, especially in the northern Hama countryside and southern Idlib rural areas. "People are hoping that right now, here is safer than there, but God knows what's coming".

"Arguably removing US force presence [in northeast Syria] allows the Assad regime to retake that territory, and of course, who comes with them?" "There is no escape".

Secretary of Defense James Mattis declined to say Tuesday whether the USA would take military action against the Syrian regime should it use chemical weapons, but he did say Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad has "been warned".

The video was published just days after a trilateral summit in Tehran, attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian and Turkish counterparts, to discuss the situation in Idlib, ahead of the Syrian Army's impending offensive.


Ankara, which hosts some 3.5 million refugees, has said it could not take any more if an attack on Idlib drove a new surge of people toward its border.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged a ceasefire be agreed to avert a "bloodbath" in Idlib. Turkey is a leading opposition supporter which has troops in the country and has erected 12 observation posts around rebel-held Idlib.

Mamdouh Abu al-Saoud, who fled with his wife and three daughters, said he anxious the fighting would only get worse.

"We've tried to convey the message in recent days that if there's a third use of chemical weapons, the response will be much stronger", Bolton said in a speech on Monday in Washington.

Real chemicals would be used to make the footage appear more authentic and also to provide samples of allegedly contaminated soil from the scene, the ministry said.

According to Dr Habib Khashouf, a member of the doctors' union in Idlib province, as of September 9, the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who arrived at the camps in northern Idlib province during the recent escalation stood at 8,000.

"Russia, Iran and Assad are demolishing Idlib and asking us to call it peace", Nikki Haley, the U.S.'s United Nations envoy said in remarks before the Security Council.

"The first day of the bombing, we said it might dwindle down".

The rescuers said another was killed in Halba, a village farther north.

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