Turkey warns attack on Syria's Idlib would cause humanitarian disaster

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In an article in the USA daily Wall Street Journal published on Tuesday, Erdogan echoed the UN's concerns on a potential humanitarian crisis, adding that an attack on the last rebel-held province would affect Turkey, Europe and beyond.

Air strikes and bombings will trigger a "massive wave of refugees and tremendous security risks for Turkey, the rest of Europe and beyond", he warned.

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".

US national security adviser John Bolton said the United States, Britain and France agreed Syria would be met with a "much stronger response" compared with previous air strikes if its government conducted another chemical weapon attack, The Guardian reported.

Senior officials from Russia, Iran and Turkey met with U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura in Geneva on Tuesday.

Other aid organisations also operate in the area, but their support is mostly limited to providing supplies to civilians already living in the existing border camps. The Syrian Network for Human Rights, known for its more conservative estimates, has verified over 6,000 civilian deaths caused by Moscow.

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

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On Friday at a summit in Tehran, the presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey could not agree on staving off military action in the province.

Russian Federation and Iran want to eliminate what they call "terrorist groups" in the province neighbouring Turkey.

Turkey is appealing for a ceasefire to allow for negotiations on the fate of armed groups in Idlib, Syria's last major rebel stronghold, but its call has been rejected by Russian Federation and Iran.

He said this requires time and patience and is what Turkey has been trying to achieve in its separation efforts in Idlib.

USA officials have in recent days said additional action would follow if Assad were to use the banned weapons in rebel-held Idlib.

The U.S. first struck Syria on April 7, 2017, striking the Shayrat Airbase in Syria with 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from the Mediterranean Sea in response to the use of chemical weapons (sarin) at Khan Shaykhun just three days earlier.

Haley warned Assad and his allies that any assault on Idlib would be considered "reckless" by the United States and "the consequences will be dire". There are allegations that the British forces have been helping rebels "stage" an attack in Idlib that would release some chlorine gas and provide a pretext for the US-led intervention. "Our fear as humanitarians is the worst may be ahead of us", said Laerke reading from the statement. The Turkish army has also sent troops into Syrian rebel-held territory further east, in an area north of Aleppo city.

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