Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Russian Federation to brief UN Security Council on Syria´s Idlib

Russian Federation to brief UN Security Council on Syria´s Idlib

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.

The Pentagon is reportedly drawing up military options which include the potential targeting of Russian or Iranian forces which are aiding the Assad regime.

"As of 9 September, 30,542 people have been displaced from northwest Syria, moving to different areas across Idlib", David Swanson, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said.

Britain, France and the USA have warned Syria it will suffer a "much stronger response" if it uses chemical weapons again.

On Monday, on the main highway running across the province, men on motorbikes headed north with their children on foot, herding dozens of sheep.

Witnesses said hundreds of families had begun fleeing from villages and towns in southern Idlib that have been the target of heavy strikes closer to camps near the Turkish border.

"They hit with four rockets so we escaped with our flock", he said.

The daily went on to say that Turkish army has urged its allied militants to report the exact number of their gunmen and volume of arms and ammunition. "Every day, I need water, hay and bran to feed them".

Also emphasizing Turkey's efforts, "Turkey has gone to extraordinary lengths to alleviate suffering of the Syrian people, hosting some 3.5 million refugees-more than any other country in the world", he added.

And perhaps more alarming is that the report details that Trump is undecided over whether new retaliatory strikes could entail expanding the attack to hit Assad allies Russian Federation and Iran this time around.

It said at least four civilians were killed, including two children and a woman, a lot of them in Abdeen, a village west Khan of Sheikhoun.

Syria has been ravaged since 2011 by a complex civil war, implicating many foreign powers, that has claimed more than 350,000 lives to date.

On Monday, its humanitarian chief made an urgent appeal.

The UN has warned that Idlib could turn into the worst humanitarian disaster of the 21st century as hundreds of thousands of civilians surge to the now closed Turkish border to evade an assault led by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Idlib is the last redoubt of terrorist groups including Jabhat al-Nusra and some offshoots of Al Qaeda.

Its population ballooned as the regime chalked up a series of victories across the country, reaching deals that saw tens of thousands of rebels and civilians bussed into Idlib.

A third USA strike likely would be more expansive than the first two, and Mr. Trump would again have to consider whether or not to hit targets like Russian air defenses in an effort to deliver a more punishing blow to Mr. Assad's military.

Ankara's call for a ceasefire was rejected by Russian Federation and Iran who both back the Syrian government, prompting Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to warn of a Turkish intervention if there is a bloodbath.

However, all three leaders agreed on the "territorial integrity of Syria", as Erdogan demanded to contain Kurdish aspirations for autonomy, and told the USA to leave Syria where its army and air force have supported Kurdish forces in the fight on IS.

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