Pompeo accuses Russian Federation of justifying Idlib offensive

06 September, 2018, 03:45 | Author: Angel Logan
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Pope Francis on Sunday called on the global community to ensure the safety of civilians in Syria's Idlib province, one of the last opposition-held territories in the conflict-ridden nation. "The uprising is about to end", said Abdulkafi Alhamdo, a 33-year old English teacher, who is awaiting the imminent birth of his second child.

The UN has also requested worldwide parties involved in the Syrian civil war to do everything to prevent open warfare in Idlib, which is home to around three million people.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday accused his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov of "defending the assault" by Syrian government forces on the last rebel stronghold in Idlib province. The U.S sees this as an escalation of an already unsafe conflict.

United Nations officials believe an offensive on Idlib would trigger a wave of displacement that could uproot up an estimated 800,000 people and discourage refugees from returning home as they see a new wave of violence unfold.

Grandi, who made the comments in Lebanon after visiting Syria and Jordan, said an all-out attack threatens to cause many civilian deaths and fresh displacement, as well as discourage the return of other refugees. "(They) will be watching very carefully what is happening in Idlib in the next few months". Thousands protested in various towns in Idlib and Hama, denouncing threats of an attack and hailing the area's readiness to fight. Russian Federation has said a military operation there is necessary to weed out "terrorists" it blames for attacking its bases on the coast. Lavrov said Friday that the naval exercises in the Mediterranean area are a normal event and every country has the right to hold such drills.

"We would probably dissolve Tahrir al-Sham because it faces the pressure of Russian Federation and even Turkey". It also pays for some services inside the area it controls.

All the while seeking to pressure Turkey into reining in jihadists in Idlib, Damascus's main sponsor Russian Federation has been sounding the war drums in recent days.

Damascus's main sponsor Russian Federation has been sounding the war drums in recent days, all the while seeking to pressure Turkey-backed groups in Idlib. But the strongest alliance of fighters is led by the LLC that controls most of the area. Al-Qaida-linked authorities have also called on residents to take part in supporting the fighters, either through building reinforcements, volunteering to fight, or in field hospitals and kitchens to help men deployed on the frontline.

"Our efforts are for. the exit of terrorists from Idlib to be carried out with the least human cost". The LLC's administrators had called for the protests.

Abdel Bari Atwan, the famous analyst of the Arab world, wrote "the U.S. government knows well that the Syrian army's recapture of Idlib is close and therefore strongly opposes it".

The US, France and Britain, which together launched limited attacks on Syrian installations in mid-April in retaliation for an alleged Syrian chemical attack, say their red line against illegal weapon use remains in force. They have been sent from Aleppo and other places deliberately.

The rights group said a total of 6,036 civilians had been killed in war-torn Syria since January, going on to call on the global community to provide protection to civilians in war-torn Syria and bring the parties responsible for civilian deaths to justice. HTS is now the most powerful armed faction in Idlib.

"At our meeting with Nasr Al-Hariri, president of Syrian Negotiations Commission, we exchanged views on recent developments in Syria, including Idlib and also the period ahead concerning the political process", Cavusoglu wrote on his Facebook page.

"A worst-case scenario in Idlib will overwhelm capacities and has the potential to create a humanitarian emergency at a scale not yet seen through this crisis", John Ging, who heads operations and advocacy for the UN's humanitarian coordination office told the Security Council this week.

The three leaders have previously held summits in the Russian resort city of Sochi and the Turkish capital Ankara.

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