Turkey adds troops in Syria province

UN chief pushes for protection of civilians in Syria's Idlib

Almost half of Idlib's population of 3 million people are already displaced by conflict in other parts of Syria.

"Erdogan will meet with Putin in Sochi on Monday for talks on Syria", officials said.

Speaking at a joint news conference with his Pakistani counterpart, Cavusoglu said Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the topic of Syria on Monday.

He also said that Turkey wants Idlib's current status to be maintained to ensure the safety of civilians, as well as that of Turkish troops stationed in the province.

"If there's a political solution in Syria that leads to free elections, then we are ready to take on the responsibility of reconstruction", wrote Maas on Twitter.

The rebels have held Idlib province since 2015, but a government offensive captured chunks on the eastern flanks of the province a year ago before Turkey began deploying its observation points and halting the advances.

OCHA regional humanitarian coordinator Panos Moumtzis echoed concerns among many about possible bloodshed in a widely expected offensive by Syrian government forces and their Russian and Iranian allies upon a region largely controlled by an al-Qaida affiliate.

"They did not differentiate between civilians and others", he told Reuters from a village near the Bab al-Hawa crossing with Turkey.

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"In under six months, as pro-Government forces moved to recapture large swathes of territory from armed groups and terrorist organizations, over one million Syrian men, women, and children were displaced with most now living in dire conditions", said the report.

President Erdogan of Turkey had been hoping to persuade President Putin of Russian Federation and President Rouhani of Iran, both of whom are backing Assad in the warzone, to agree to a ceasefire to spare the estimated three million people...

Two rebel sources in the northwest said some government forces have been observed withdrawing from frontlines in the Hama region, which adjoins Idlib, this week.

- United Nations investigators warned Wednesday that a war against some 10,000 extremists in northwestern Syria should not take 3 million people hostages.

"We hope it won't happen. we hope it will not be needed". Moscow, Tehran and Ankara agreed to continue to apply efforts to protect civilians and improve the humanitarian situation in this Arab country.

"In conducting airstrikes beginning on 20 January, the Turkish air force may have failed to take all feasible precautions prior to launching certain attacks, in violation of worldwide humanitarian law", the report said.

Investigators said that they were still reviewing a suspected chemical attack in Douma on April 7th that killed more than 49 people and wounded up to 650.

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