Pope warns of ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ in Syrian rebel bastion

06 September, 2018, 03:43 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • File Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan right shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at a meeting in Ankara Friday

On Friday, thousands protested in various Idlib and Hama towns, denouncing threats of an attack and trumpeting the area's readiness to fight.

Unlike other areas that have been reclaimed by recent government offensives, Idlib is not totally besieged.

Muallem said there was clear evidence that the USA was continuing to support terrorist groups like Daesh and Nusra Front, adding that the United States would certainly use a chemical weapons incident as a pretext to attack Syria.

Turkey has named an al-Qaida affiliate in Syria a terror organization to include the group's rebranded name.

Earlier this year, the United Nations began sharing the Global Positioning System coordinates of health facilities with Russian Federation and the U.S. in a bid to protect them but four have been struck since. But Hayat Tahrir al-Sham spokesperson Emad Eddin Mujahid, denied any intention to dissolve Tahrir al-Sham.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday accused his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov of "defending the assault" by Syrian government forces on the last rebel stronghold in Idlib province. Lavrov also warned the western powers against military action in Syria.

All the while seeking to pressure Turkey into reining in jihadists in Idlib, Damascus's main sponsor Russian Federation has been sounding the war drums in recent days.

It bracketed HTS as a variant name for Al-Nusra Front.

Second is the position of de Mistura about chemical weapons.

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"We see different gatherings in a variety of places-in Ankara, in Tehran, in Geneva-talking about redesigning Syria after Idlib", Liberman noted, adding that, "The only thing that concerns us is the security interests of the State of Israel".

However, decisions on any specific strikes have not yet been made, a U.S. administration official familiar with the matter told CNN, stressing that the United States military could be engaged very quickly if the believed Damascus had launched a chemical weapons attack. Western countries immediately blamed Damascus for the attack.

The terrorists have said that there will be no dialogue with the Russians and the Syrian government to give up Idlib and its suburbs.

Pope Francis is pressing for negotiations to avoid a "humanitarian catastrophe" from a looming battle in Syria.

After years of war and constant shelling from pro-government forces, the emergency services in Idlib have been reduced to rubble and supplies of critical aid are low, according to medical workers.

Despite these global pleas, Syrian and Russian officials over the weekend were openly preparing to oust the formidable rebel forces in the province.

Speaking at Turkey-Kyrgyzstan Business Forum in Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, Erdoğan said that dependence on the US dollar was becoming more of a burden each passing day instead of a convenience.

The former commander of the Baltic Fleet Adm. Vladimir Valuev has announced in speaking with Sputnik: " Russian forces in the Mediterranean aim to counter a possible missile strike against Syrian government forces.

It is certain in any event that the battle for the liberation of Idlib by the Syrian army and its allies will begin soon.

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