Idlib assault would lead to humanitarian catastrophe, Turkey warns

Intense air raids reported on edge of Syria's rebel-held Idlib

Ceasefire talks fail as airstrikes target last rebel-held region in Syria

Analysts said Erdogan failed at the summit to achieve his aim, and his comments appear to indicate growing frustration in Turkey that Iran and Russian Federation are not reining in Assad.

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".

BEIRUT/GENEVA - More than 30,000 people have so far fled their homes in northwest Syria since Syrian government and allied forces resumed air and ground bombardments there last week, the United Nations agency coordinating relief efforts said on Monday. He said strikes on multiple healthcare facilities have compounded the crisis.

The Russian defence ministry, citing Idlib residents, said film crews from several Middle Eastern TV channels as well as "a regional branch of a leading United States news channel" had arrived for the shoot in the city of Jisr al-Shughur in Idlib.

British jihadists in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib faced the choice of whether to flee or fight last night as an offensive by the Syrian regime appeared imminent.

In an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal on Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the worldwide community to take action and said that an offensive on Idlib province would result in "serious humanitarian risks for Turkey, the rest of Europe and beyond".

Bolton's comments come on the heels of the revelation that the Defense Department is drawing up options for possible military action against Assad as Russian and Syrian airstrikes began pummeling the last remaining rebel stronghold in the country.

Air raids and shelling of southern Idlib and northern Hama provinces escalated over the past week after Moscow and Tehran rejected a Turkish ceasefire proposal at a trilateral summit held in the Iranian capital on September 7.

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Regime leader Bashar al Assad has now set his sights on Idlib, and his forces have stepped up bombardment of the densely populated province since the beginning of the month.

Syrian forces, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, have been massing for weeks around Idlib's borders where the last bastion of Islamist-dominated rebel groups is seeking refuge and the final obstacle for Assad to declare victory.

OCHA spokesman David Swanson told Reuters that as of Sunday, 30,542 people had been displaced from northwest Syria, moving to different areas across Idlib.

"Getting smuggled across is nearly impossible, and there have been several cases of displaced people being shot dead while trying to enter Turkey illegally", Rifai said.

The local council of Morek, a town that serves as a crossing between Hama and Idlib, sent an urgent appeal, asking Turkey for a quick solution.

He acknowledged that there were many rebels and fighters from "terrorist" groups in the province, but stressed that "there are 100 civilians, majority women and children, for every fighter in Idlib".

At least seven civilians were killed after at least 80 airstrikes around the province's southern edge, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Hundreds of civilians have fled villages near the front line in Syria's Idlib province fearing an imminent regime assault on the country's last major opposition and rebel bastion, a monitor said.

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