Published: Fri, September 14, 2018

Russia requests UN SC session on results of Russia-Turkey-Iran summit

Russia requests UN SC session on results of Russia-Turkey-Iran summit

The UN warned last week that such an offensive would lead to the "worst humanitarian catastrophe in the 21st century".

In recent days, USA officials have said that they have evidence that Syrian government forces are preparing chemical weapons ahead of a planned assault on Idlib.

"This would unleash a humanitarian nightmare unlike any seen in the blood-soaked Syrian conflict".

The UN has estimated 800,000 people could be displaced by an attack.

Senior rebel officials said Turkey had sent more military aid to rebels in and around the Idlib region since a summit meeting with Iran and Russian Federation last week failed to agree a deal to avert a government offensive into the area.

"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".

Russia's ambassador to the UN met Haley's threat with a denial that Syria has any chemical weapons, as the UN secretary-general warned of a potential "bloodbath" during Tuesday's UN Security Council meeting on the crisis in Idlib, Syria.

In the newspaper article, Erdogan called on the worldwide community to take action and warned that "the entire world stands to pay the price" otherwise.

Turkey is willing to cooperate with Assad allies Russian Federation and Iran in rooting out terrorists in the region, which is home to some 3 million people, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Tuesday.

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.

As Russia continues to bombard the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib from the skies, in support of the country's ruling government's campaign to retake territory, Washington is warning of retaliatory strikes. Many have previously refused to surrender to the regime.

"Russia has the power to stop the catastrophe looming in Idlib", she said. "We will see them finding a secure place on the border and create their own living areas if the operation starts".

A top United Nations official warned Monday that an attack on rebel-held parts in Syria's Idlib in coming months could lead to this century's worst loss of life as government forces pounded the area from the air and ground.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the fighters died in clashes with the militants on Monday night in the Safaa region in the Syrian desert.

The NLF, which maintains a presence in Idlib and Hama provinces and can field some 70,000 fighters, constitutes the primary force fighting the Assad regime. "That's something we're monitoring very closely", OCHA spokesman David Swanson told AFP.

The 7 1/2-year war has killed more than 400,000 people and displaced millions.

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