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Syrian forces pound rebel-held areas in country's northwest

Syrian forces pound rebel-held areas in country's northwest

Burt said the United Kingdom officials have held contacts with Turkish counterparts on the continued efforts, adding that "it is deeply disappointing that Russian Federation and Iran rejected President [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan's calls for a renewed cease-fire" at the Tehran Summit last Friday.

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Erdogan said the West had an "obligation to stop the next bloodshed" but that regime allies Moscow and Tehran were "likewise responsible for stopping this humanitarian disaster".

Idlib is home to around 3 million people, around half refugees who fled other parts of Syria following previous regime assaults.

As the world braces for the Assad regime to attack Idlib, Syria's last opposition stronghold, more than 70,000 fighters remain determined to defend the city.

Iran shares the United Nations' concern about a potential humanitarian catastrophe in Syria's Idlib province and will seek to avert it, Hossein Jaberi Ansari, special assistant to Iran's foreign minister, told reporters on Tuesday. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

At least 17 people were wounded on Monday by airstrikes carried out by regime and Russian warplanes in Idlib and Hama provinces in northern Syria. "We can not leave the Syrian people to the mercy of Bashar Assad", Erdogan wrote in the WSJ.

The Turkish president also criticized Assad's attempt of trying to legitimize an attack as counter-terrorism efforts. Ankara designated the group as "terrorists" last month.

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Two children were killed in heavy barrel bomb attacks on a village in Idlib's south Sunday, a day after 10 civilians died in shelling across the rebel zone, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

Turkey, afraid of hundreds of thousands of new refugees will flow to its borders, already hosts over three million refugees.

Assad's forces began amassing in the areas of Idlib already under its control and on its southern and eastern flanks.

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. On September 20, the UN envoy is expected to present a report about developments concerning the Syrian political process to the United Nations Security Council.

"Russia has requested an open session of the UN Security Council, bearing in mind the interest demonstrated by a number of Security Council members to the results of the Russia-Iran-Turkey summit". They are believed to be holding them in the Safaa area.

The US Ambassador chairs the rotating UNSC presidency for September.

"Today, we have started with 20 trucks", he added. The United States and Russian Federation keep blaming each other.


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