War monitor says blasts in Syria airport killed two

06 September, 2018, 05:47 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Syria file

"Let's try to avoid that the last probably major battle of the Syrian territorial conflict. ends in a bloodbath", he told reporters in Geneva, insisting Russian Federation and Turkey held "the key for the soft solution to the Idlib issue".

Idlib's dominant rebel faction is Tahrir al-Sham, a jihadist alliance spearheaded by al Qaeda's former official affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, though other insurgent groups are also present.

It has staged two major incursions into Syria, creating a buffer zone along its border in an area north of Aleppo that adjoins Idlib, where it has set up a local administration alongside Syrian rebel groups.

Russian air raids ceased in and around Idlib on August 15, but regime forces and their allies have continued shelling rebel positions there, the war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), said.

During the Syrian Civil War, which began in 2011, two USA programs attempted to assist the Syrian rebels.

The outlet reported that an army unit separately targeted a "Turkistani Party" in the area, destroying several bases and killing a number of fighters. "The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy", Mr. Trump tweeted.

"Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed", wrote President Trump. "Don't let that happen!" he added.

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The Kremlin spokesperson dismissed Trump's warning on Tuesday.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Idlib is a pocket of terrorism, and that the situation there is undermining efforts to find a political resolution to the Syrian conflict.

"Russia seeks to ensure not just the regime's military victory in Syria but its full political restoration through worldwide re-legitimation at war's end".

The Pentagon responded Friday, saying, "Russia has recently launched a concentrated disinformation campaign to discredit the United States and worldwide partners and allies" and calling Lavrov's allegation about preparations for a staged chemical strike "absurd". The General Assembly is expected to meet on September 20.

Idlib is home to more than one million displaced Syrians from across the country, including tens of thousands of rebel fighters and civilians evacuated from former opposition enclaves over the past two years.

The UN is desperate to avoid the deaths of civilians seen recently in other parts of Syria such as Aleppo, Raqqa or the Eastern Ghouta, and its diplomats are appealing for all sides to show restraint.

US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford visited his Greek counterpart in Athens on Tuesday. After the latter strike, the Syrian military warned Tel Aviv of repercussions for the "flagrant attack".

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