Syria: Russia wants to fight in Idlib

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Syria: Russia wants to fight in Idlib

The Russian government has announced its intention to lead its "fight against terrorists" in Syria to end. They are refore calling for joint action against extremist Nusra front in Idlib, a region in norrn Syria, Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Or states should separate se fighters from or rebel groups in province.

Russia, which supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in fight against insurgents, will meet his duty of liberation Idlibs, said opinion furr. "Peace with terrorists" is unacceptable.

Previously, federal government had called on Russia to Idlib Syrian leadership from planned offensive in region. "We expect Russia to stop Syrian regime from catastrophe," said Deputy government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer. Humanitarian aid organisations must also have unhindered access to area. The Syrian army has been preparing attack on area in northwest of country for a long time. In addition to numerous civilians, who have fled among ors from Ostghuta, Aleppo and Homs, tens of thousands of armed people, including many Islamists, are to be held in region.

A spokesman for Foreign Office referred to three million people in Idlib, of whom alone 1.5 million are internally displaced persons. A new offensive has potential to become a real catastrophe. The Federal Ministry also observes situation. But re is no basic knowledge of possible new escape movements, said a spokeswoman.

The escape possibilities are low for people of Idlib anyway: borders with Turkey are dense, Syrian environment under control of Assad. It would be conceivable, for example, to flee to Afrin – now a Turkish protectorate. But Turkey has also repeatedly made it clear that it has already taken in millions of Syrians, and is not prepared to leave any more in country.

Time online Russian air raids on Idlib

Officially, region of Idlib is regarded as a so-called deescalation zone, in which it is not to be fought. In consultation with Russia and Iran, Turkey has deployed twelve observation posts and soldiers to oversee zone. Neverless, re are attacks, because for Russia and Syrian government, fighting against terrorists is exempt from agreement.

On Wednesday, Russia confirmed that air attacks on rebels in Idlib were carried out day before. They would have opposed infrastructure of al-Qaeda-allied rebels, including an arms camp and a launch facility for drones that attacked Russian military facilities in Syria, Russian Ministry of Defence shared With. The Russian air base Hamaimim was shot in August by a total of 57 times by self-built drones.

The neighbouring country Turkey, but also USA and European states, warn of consequences for civilians. Presidents Vladimir Putin (Russia), Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (Turkey) and Hassan Ruhani (Iran) want to meet on Friday in Tehran and discuss furr action. In addition to Russia, Iran is also ally of Syrian leader Assad, Turkey is supporting rebels.

UN Security Council advises on Idlib

The UN Security Council will also be debating situation in Idlib on Friday. The ten non-permanent members also warned of a humanitarian catastrophe in region. They appealed to all parties to conflict to ensure protection of civilian population.

In a separate statement by US ambassador to United Nations, Nikki Haley, "brutal regime" supported by Russia and Iran in Syria must not "attack and terrorize Syrian citizens". This is only way to give a chance for a political solution under auspices of United Nations.

The United States, which convened UN Security Council meeting, wanted to discuss danger of a chemical weapon deployment by Assad's troops on Friday. Haley also reiterated a warning from US president Donald Trump not to leave such an attack unanswered.

Date Of Update: 06 September 2018, 12:00

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