Violence displaces over 30000 in Syria's Idlib, Hama this month

Cheryl Sanders
September 11, 2018

HTS and rebels are also present in adjacent areas of the neighbouring provinces of Aleppo, Hama and Latakia.

President Trump has previously warned Assad not to "recklessly attack" Idlib, calling any offensive a "grave humanitarian mistake". But Russian President Vladimir Putin called for a "total annihilation of terrorists in Syria", while Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke of "cleansing the Idlib region of terrorists".

On Sunday, government forces bombed the village of Hobeit in Idlib province, killing an infant girl and wounding several other civilians, the Syrian Civil Defence search-and-rescue group said.

Speaking at the Security Council, Mrs Haly said the U.S. considered an assault on Idlib to be "a risky escalation of the conflict in Syria".

While the worldwide community continued warning against the use of chemical weapons, civilians baring the brunt of airstrikes and barrel bombs were left perplexed.

The Trump Administration has calculated that Assad's defiance risks a domino effect around the globe.

The Syrian army denies using barrel bombs.

It said at least four civilians were killed, including two children and a woman, majority in Abdeen, a village west Khan of Sheikhoun.

The three countries a year ago set up the Astana process, a negotiating track to end Syria´s war that has largely eclipsed the UN-led peace process.

For weeks, regime troops backed by Russian Federation and Iran have massed around Idlib's periphery, with deadly air strikes, shelling, and barrel bombs particularly building up in recent days.

Turkey, which now hosts some 3.5 million refugees, has also said that it could not accommodate any more migrants if an attack on Idlib caused a new surge of refugees toward its border.

"Our top line message is there needs to be ways of dealing with this problem that don't turn the next few months in Idlib into the worst humanitarian catastrophe, with the biggest loss of life of the 21st century", UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock told reporters in Geneva. Assad ignored the warning, and Obama didn't react militarily.

Is President Donald Trump about to intervene militarily in the Syrian civil war? About 2,000 USA troops are now operating in Syria, majority in the eastern region of the country.

The strikes targeted infrastructure at three sites connected to Syria's chemical weapons programme near Damascus. Russian Federation was the framework guarantor of removing all the chemical weapons, but apparently did not live up to the deal.

Trump has twice bombed the Syrian regime over the alleged use of chemical weapons, once in April 2017 and then again earlier this year.

"We consider it unacceptable when the protection of the civilian population is used as a pretext for letting terrorists avoid a strike", said Russian President Vladmir Putin at a news conference in Tehran Friday.

The rescuers said another was killed in Halba, a village farther north.

That's right, unnamed U.S. officials are now claiming to be in possession of intelligence which they say shows Assad has already given the order in an absolutely unprecedented level of "pre-crime" telegraphing of events on the battlefield. The Administration has been deliberately vague on the topic.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights described the airstrikes as the "most intense" since August when government forces began targeting the southern edge of Idlib province.

"On the other side, we have the Turks who fear an influx of hundreds of thousands of people into their country and the Turks also maintain a dozen observation posts inside Idlib as well", Ms Abouzeid said. "Don't let that happen!" Three US destroyers and four nuclear submarines have been deployed to the eastern Mediterranean, and US forces launched an air-assault exercise in southern Syria backed by artillery fire over the weekend.

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