Idlib assault would lead to risks for Europe - Erdogan

Vladimir Putin Hassan Rouhani and Tayyip Erdogan

On Sunday, government forces bombed the village of Hobeit in Idlib province, killing an infant girl and wounding several other civilians, the Syrian Civil Defence search-and-rescue group said.

Syrian forces, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, have been massing for weeks around Idlib's borders where the last bastion of Islamist-dominated rebel groups is seeking refuge and the final obstacle for Assad to declare victory.

At a three-way summit between Russia, Iran and Turkey on Friday, President Vladimir Putin rejected Erdogan's call for a truce in Idlib, home to about 3 million civilians.

BEIRUT/GENEVA - More than 30,000 people have so far fled their homes in northwest Syria since Syrian government and allied forces resumed air and ground bombardments there last week, the United Nations agency coordinating relief efforts said on Monday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 21 pro-regime fighters had been killed in an Isil ambush on Monday in southern Syria. "In order to eliminate terrorist and extremist elements in Idlib and to bring to justice foreign fighters, a more comprehensive global counterterrorism operation is necessary", he said.

High-level diplomats from Iran, Russia and Turkey were meeting Tuesday with the United Nations envoy for Syria about creating a committee to revise the war-battered country's constitution.

Fielding questions after a policy speech in Washington on Monday, Bolton said the Western alliance was ready to pound Syria in case the government of President Bashar al-Assad resorted to what he claimed was a "third use" of chemical weapons.

Syria's last major rebel bastion Idlib was Saturday targeted by the "most violent" Russian air strikes in a month, a monitor said, after the failure of a three-way summit on the Syrian conflict.

President Donald Trump's national security adviser warned the Syrian government against using chemical weapons in the looming battle for Idlib Province, the last remaining rebel stronghold populated by more than 2 million people.

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

Russian and Syrian warplanes resumed their bombing campaign last week and the presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russia on Friday failed to agree on a ceasefire that would forestall the offensive.

Antakya, Turkey - A temporary calm has settled over the rebel-held areas in northwest Syria, allowing some civilians to return to their homes after fleeing an intensive bombardment by Russian and Syrian government forces.

The Journal reports almost two dozen civilians have died in the most recent attacks.

"Every time it follows us, we escape a meter to the north and leave it up to God, where will we go?" he said.

We want to tell you: if you sell Idlib or other opposition-held areas, we're going to buy Reyhanli from you.

"If Assad, Russia and Iran continue, the consequences will be dire", she said.

More than 350,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since Syria's civil war started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-Assad protests.

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