UN: Attacks on Idlib threaten the lives of 3 million civilians

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The United Nations warned on Wednesday that mounting tension in northwestern Syria and increased attacks on Idlib are threatening the lives of 3 million civilians.

This came during a press conference held by Stefan Dugrik, spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, at the permanent headquarters of the United Nations in New York.

“Guterres condemns the continuing attacks on civilians, hospitals and schools” in Idlib.

He added that “the increasing attacks on Idlib (northwestern Syria), could create a new wave of problems that will affect the lives of 3 million civilians.”

Dugrik called on all parties to respect international humanitarian law, stressing “the need to return immediately to the agreement reached by Turkey and Russia last year,” on the area of ​​de-escalation in Idlib.

The UN spokesman pointed out that the clashes resulted in the last four months, the displacement of more than half a million people from their homes.

He continued: “Because of the clashes, a large number of civilians were displaced 5 times, while others have been displaced 10 times.”

He pointed out that the attacks that targeted Idlib, on Tuesday, killed three civilians and wounded 14 others, including two children.

In May 2017, Turkey, Russia and Iran announced they had reached an agreement on the “de-escalation zone” in Idlib, as part of the Astana meetings on Syria.

However, Syrian regime forces and supporters continue to launch attacks in the region, despite an understanding between Turkey and Russia on 17 September 2018 in the Russian city of Sochi to install a “de-escalation” in the said area.

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