More than 30,000 displaced in Syria's Idlib in latest offensive

Attack on Idlib could lead to worst loss of life this century: UN official

Attack on Idlib could lead to worst loss of life this century: UN official

The UN also noted on Monday that 30,000 Syrians were displaced inside Idlib from their homes in northwest Syria after the Syrian government and allied forces resumed air and ground strikes this week.

"We're deeply concerned about this recent escalation of violence, which has resulted in the displacement of over 30,000 in the area".

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said an all-out military assault on the last major stronghold of active opposition to President Bashar Assad could set 800,000 people to flight.

According to the United Nations, violence in Syria's northwest has displaced more than 30,000 people this month alone, warning that a looming assault could create the century's "worst humanitarian catastrophe".

"There needs to be ways of dealing with this problem that don't turn the next few months in Idlib into the worst humanitarian catastrophe with the biggest loss of life in the 21st century", Mark Lowcock told reporters in Geneva.

Idlib's main towns and cities are under the sway of jihadists linked to al Qaeda's former Syrian affiliate, the Nusra Front, though they are outnumbered by Turkey-backed FSA fighters grouped under "The National Front for Liberation".

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said rebel shelling on Monday had hit Hama military airport and another nearby military complex which lie in government-held territory.

United Nations officials warned that more than 30,000 people have already been forced to flee the region.

During what was the second session on Idlib in four days, Haley told the council that "the world has seen a clear military escalation" this month by Russian Federation and the Syrian regime, whose forces have conducted more than 100 airstrikes, using "barrel bombs, rockets and artillery" in an attempt to retake the last rebel holdout after more than seven years of war.

The offensive came just hours after more than 60 air raids killed at least four civilians in southern Idlib on Saturday.

"What we propose is very clear".

Some three million people are living in Idlib, half of them Syrians who have fled from other parts of the country.

Turkey, which has sent troops to Idlib and supports some of the armed groups, called for an immediate ceasefire and urged the global community "to vocally and actively support our efforts to this end".

He acknowledged that there were many rebels and fighters from "terrorist" groups in the province, but stressed that "there are 100 civilians, a lot of them women and children, for every fighter in Idlib".

Idlib is the only Syrian province still controlled by illegal armed groups.

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.

In another show of force, the Pentagon launched a surprise exercise in southern Syria on Friday after Russian Federation threatened military action in an area of Syria where us troops are located. According to United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, Idlib now hosts about 10,000 militants from the Jabhat al-Nusra and Al-Qaeda terror groups (both outlawed in Russia).

Moscow wants to keep rebels from using weaponized drones against Russian warplanes positioned nearby.

Turkey, which is already hosting 3.5 million Syrian refugees, is warning against such an attack, fearing it could force more Syrians over the border.

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