Russian Federation says Turkey's operation in Idlib would be worst case scenario

Russian Federation says Turkey's operation in Idlib would be worst case scenario

In September 2018, Russian Federation and Turkey agreed to create a demilitarised buffer zone in the province, where more than 10 different militant groups are operating along with Tahrir al-Sham.

For nearly a year, Guterres said, Syrian ground offensives supported by Russian airstrikes have targeted what was supposed to be a de-escalation zone in Idlib, and this month Turkish and Syrian forces have clashed repeatedly.

Michelle Bachelet told reporters in Geneva it was "cruel beyond belief" that civilians live under plastic sheeting in freezing conditions while getting bombed.

"Both made clear how much they are concerned by the catastrophic humanitarian situation of the people in the Syrian province Idlib", a German spokesman said on Thursday.

Numerous civilians are sleeping in open fields and under trees in freezing temperatures.

Addressing the issue of Patriot air-defence systems, Erdogan said that Ankara requested the weapons systems from the Trump administration, but is still not abandoning Russia's S-400s. They are moving into increasingly crowded areas they think will be safer. Watch the interview in the video player above.

In nine years, millions of civilians have fled their homes and more than 380,000 have been killed.

Backed by Russian air power, Syrian forces are trying to capture the region.

A British aid worker advising Syrian medical teams on the ground in Idlib has condemned western states for their inaction as regime forces assault the rebel-held province.

Turkey maintains observation posts in northern Syria that were set up to monitor a 2018 cease-fire agreement with Russian Federation.

The offensive triggered an exodus of hundreds of thousands of people in cold weather toward neighboring Turkey, which already hosts the largest number of refugees in the world. Moreover, joint patrols will be unchanged. The rebels launched a massive offensive southeast of Idlib city according to the Russian Reconciliation Center in Libya using many armoured vehicles.

Mr Assad said that the Syrian people were "determined to liberate all Syrian territories from terrorism" as he praised the country's armed forces for their recent successes. Schools are suspended, many health facilities have closed.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said he told his Russian counterpart that attacks in Idlib must stop immediately and that a lasting ceasefire has to be achieved.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

But he warned that countries "hostile to the Syrian people are still trying to protect terrorists who take civilians as hostages and human shields".

Russian Federation on Wednesday objected to the UN Security Council adopting a statement that would have called for a ceasefire in Idlib, diplomats said, after a tense closed-door meeting. Yet near Aleppo, government forces reportedly carried out airstrikes on rebel-controlled towns and villages.

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