Idlib assault would lead to risks for Europe - Erdogan

Turkey deploys military vehicles to Syria

Turkey deploys military vehicles to Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday called on Russian Federation and Iran to halt a looming "humanitarian disaster" in Idlib, saying Syrians there could not be left to the mercy of President Bashar al-Assad.

Last week's summit in Tehran between the three sides did not produce any agreement, as Iran and Russian Federation rejected Turkey's call for a continued ceasefire in the rebel bastion.

"We are extremely alarmed at the situation, because of the number of people and the vulnerability of the people. civilians are severely at risk".

A Syrian regime offensive on the opposition province of Idlib could lead to the 21st century's worst loss of life.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said the Trump administration hasn't seen "any actions to indicate that Russia, Iran and Assad are interested in a political solution". "We can not leave the Syrian people to the mercy of Bashar Assad", Erdogan wrote.

The Turkish president also criticized Assad's attempt of trying to legitimize an attack as counter-terrorism efforts.

Russia's United Nations ambassador said "terrorists" can't be allowed to hold hundreds of thousands of people as "human shields" in Idlib where he said "tens of thousands" of fighters linked to al-Qaida, the Islamic State and other extremist groups are concentrated.

The province is marbled with areas controlled by Islamists, moderate rebels and militants from Hayat Tahrir Al Sham HTS - an extremist group previously aligned with Al Qaeda. Meanwhile the work of professionally faking scenes of rescue workers helping civilians has already begun, they say.

On Monday, on the main highway running across the province, men on motorbikes headed north with their children on foot, herding dozens of sheep.

He acknowledged that there were many rebels and fighters from "terrorist" groups in the province, but stressed that "there are 100 civilians, majority women and children, for every fighter in Idlib". "In this sense, a military operation in Idlib would only play into the hands of terrorists", he said.

"We are also anxious".

For weeks, regime troops backed by Russian Federation and Iran have massed around Idlib's periphery, with deadly air strikes, shelling, and barrel bombs falling with increased intensity in recent days. "The world will hold them responsible", she told the Security Council.

Ibrahim Kalin's remarks came after a cabinet meeting chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the presidential complex. Still, the significant differences that are coming to the fore as the United States takes a more assertive stance on Iran and al Assad ensure that Moscow's hopes of an agreement with Washington on Syria will not bear fruit.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned of the consequences to the West of the offensive on Tuesday.

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