Major Idlib raid could spark worst catastrophe of 21st century

14 September, 2018, 23:11 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • Erdoğan says Idlib assault would be ‘a grave massacre

Russia's foreign minister has submitted documentation based on "concrete facts" to the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons warning of a potential false-flag chemical weapons operation coming in Syria's Idlib province.

USA officials have said in recent days they have evidence that Syrian government forces are preparing chemical weapons ahead of a planned assault on Idlib.

"This would unleash a humanitarian nightmare unlike any seen in the blood-soaked Syrian conflict".

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday that it is "absolutely essential" to avoid a full-scale attack on Syria's Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold in the country.

On Tuesday, Erdogan said Russian Federation and Iran were also responsible for stopping a humanitarian disaster in Idlib, and said the global community had to "throw its weight behind a political solution".

"Russia has the power to stop the catastrophe looming in Idlib", she said.

Turkey, which has sent troops to Idlib and supports some of the armed groups, called for "an immediate ceasefire" and urged "the global community to vocally and actively support our efforts to this end".

Vassily Nebenzia was briefing the council on last Friday's summit of the presidents of the three Astana countries in Tehran, stressing that they are committed "to continue helping with a definitive elimination of terrorism in Syria".

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On July 5, the Syrian Negotiation Commission submitted a list of 50 candidates to represent the Syrian opposition in the constitutional committee to de Mistura, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

Idlib residents hope Turkey's presence in the province might prevent a major assault by regime forces and Ankara's relationship with Iran and Russian Federation could lead to a new ceasefire.

Several Middle East TV channels and a USA news channel have been sent to Jisr al-Shughur in Syria's Idlib Governorate to produce the footage needed for the provocation, a statement by the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation said.

The West has warned Assad that his regime would face serious consequences if he used chemical weapons in Idlib. On the contrary, they would create further suffering, alienate and radicalize more Syrians.

"A staged provocation of so-called "chemical weapons" used by the Syrian army against civilians is now being filmed in Jisr al-Shughur", the ministry said in a statement carried by Russian news wires Tuesday. "Around four weeks ago, we knew that British intelligence was working towards a chemical attack in order to blame the Syrian government, to hold Syria responsible", Mr Black said on Al Mayadeen, an Arab news channel based in Beirut.

The Russian and Syrian strikes have already displaced more than 30,000 people, and forces are targeting hospitals and other medical facilities, Haley said, adding that pro-regime forces are also "conducting ruthless "double tap strikes" on civilian volunteers like the White Helmets", in which they "strike an area, wait a few moments for first responders to arrive and then strike again".

Over two million people live in the zone now, hundreds of thousands of them already displaced by the brutal seven-year war and others heavily dependent on humanitarian aid to survive.

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