UN: Russia and Iran keen to avoid bloodbath in Idlib

Orient Net 2018-08-09 12:04:00

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Russia, Iran and Turkey told a meeting of the Syria humanitarian taskforce on Thursday (August 9) that they would do their utmost to avoid a battle that would threaten millions of civilians in opposition-held Idlib, UN humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said.

He estimated that there were 4 million or more people in the potential battleground in northwest Syria and he hoped diplomats and military envoys could reach a deal to avoid a “bloodbath”, Reuters reported.

But he said the UN was making preparations for a battle and would ask Turkey to keep its borders open to allow civilians to flee if the need arose.

An anticipated Assad regime offensive against opposition in Idlib countryside could displace more than 700,000 people, far more than were uprooted in a recent battle in the southwest of Syria, a UN-led group of health agencies said in a monthly report.