Erdogan calls on Iran, Russia to halt 'humanitarian disaster' in Idlib

Erdogan calls on Iran, Russia to halt 'humanitarian disaster' in Idlib

Erdogan calls on Iran, Russia to halt 'humanitarian disaster' in Idlib

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged the worldwide community to prevent a Syrian government offensive in Syria's Idlib, as the United Nations says it fears the century's "worst humanitarian catastrophe" there.

Erdogan argued in the opinion article that the price of inaction in Idlib would ultimately lead to a large-scale humanitarian disaster.

"All members of the global community must understand their responsibilities as the assault on Idlib looms".

"The consequences of inaction are vast". He also warned that "an all-out military operation would result in a major humanitarian catastrophe" and "trigger a massive wave of refugees and tremendous security risks for Turkey, the rest of Europe and beyond".

Although Erdogan has been a staunch supporter to the regime's opposition forces in an effort to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, he has also been involved in talks with Iran and Russian Federation to find a political solution to the conflict in Syria which is entering its eighth year.

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The talks in Geneva, under United Nations envoy Staffan de Mistura, come amid concerns about a looming battle for northern Idlib province - the last remaining rebel stronghold in Syria after seven years of war, which is home to three million civilians.

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". "He's been warned. And so we'll see if he's wised up".

On Tuesday US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Assad has been well warned against any chemical weapons use in an anticipated assault on Idlib province.

"Russia has the power to stop the catastrophe looming in Idlib", she said.

"More than two million of them came from other areas of Syria, some from Ghouta, some from Aleppo".

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Previously, the Russian Ministry of Defense had accused the USA 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.

Russian Federation responded and insisted that the planned assault on Idlib is a "counterterrorism operation" and that measures will be taken to spare civilians.

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 Turkish president also criticized Assad's attempt of trying to legitimize an attack as counter-terrorism efforts.

Speaking at the UN Security Council meeting on the crisis in Syria, Mrs Haley said the "world has seen a clear military escalation" from Assad and his allies, whose militaries have conducted over 100 airstrikes in the Syrian province of Idlib. "That's something we're monitoring very closely", OCHA spokesman David Swanson told reporters.

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More than half a million people have been killed and 11 million already forced to flee their homes in Syria's seven-year-old war.

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