More than 30000 displaced in Syria's Idlib in latest offensive: United Nations

Bolton promises ‘much stronger’ response if chemical weapons used in Syria

Bolton promises ‘much stronger’ response if chemical weapons used in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated his call for Iran and Russian Federation to stop a looming "humanitarian disaster" in Syria's Idlib province.

Erdogan wrote in The Wall Street Journal that the West has an "obligation to stop the next bloodshed" but that Moscow and Tehran, were "likewise responsible for stopping this humanitarian disaster".

A trilateral summit of the presidents of Turkey, Russia and Iran last week underlined that "there could be no military solution to the Syrian conflict" and called for advancing the political process to reach a negotiated solution.

The NLF, which maintains a presence in Idlib and Hama provinces and can field some 70,000 fighters, constitutes the primary force fighting the Assad regime.

Mark Lowcock, the UN's new humanitarian chief, warned on Monday that a large-scale military operation against Idlib could create "the worst humanitarian catastrophe" of this century.

Moderate Syrian opposition groups are the main force now controlling Idlib.

Senior Turkish officials, who wished to remain anonymous, last week told MEE that Ankara feared that a new offensive in Idlib would disrupt its plans to send refugees now living in Turkey back to northwest Syria by the end of the year.

Turkey already has sheltered more than 3 million Syrian refugees and fears that a large-scale military operation in Idlib could lead to the influx of some 2 million more. The terrorist organization is controlling almost 60% of Idlib, the place where anti-Assad organisations deployed.

With extensive Turkish support, efforts have been underway to organize FSA groups north of Aleppo into a unified force known as the "National Army" numbering some 30,000 fighters.

The ICC could investigate, however, through a U.N. Security Council referral.

Beyond the risky prospect that the strikes could escalate the conflict (particularly given the Russian and Iranian presence in the country), they would also make it more hard for the United States and Russia to cooperate on a shared plan in Syria.

The Idlib area forms part of an arc of territory in the northwest representing the last big area held by the opposition.

"We as humanitarian advocates must raise our voice", said Jens Laerke from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Another camp for a further 20,000 people was being set up close to the border in northern Idlib near the city of Azaz, Bozkir added. He will hold a meeting with members of the so-called "small group" on Syria (Great Britain, Germany, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United States and France) on September 14, as well as with representatives of the European Union and the Arab League.

"We are working with Russian Federation and Iran on this situation in order not to experience another Aleppo case. Russian Federation hits too", he added.

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