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Thousands Protest Assad Plan To Attack Last Syrian Rebel Stronghold

09 September 2018

Fresh off a sit-down with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Virginia state Sen. "It is essential that all parties to the conflict do not attack civilians, grant safe passage to civilians wishing to flee the fighting and attacks, and ensure unimpeded access to humanitarian relief for all civilians in need in Idlib".

"Around four weeks ago, we knew that British intelligence was working toward a chemical attack in order to blame the Syrian government, to hold Syria responsible", Black said on Al Mayadeen, an Arab news channel based in Beirut.

"We never want Idlib to turn into a bloodbath", Erdogan told a Tehran summit in Damascus with his Iranian and Russian counterpar that is expected to determine the province's fate.

On Friday, the leaders of Iran, Russia and Turkey met in Tehran to discuss the situation and planned an offensive in Idlib by the Assad regime.

Similar demonstrations were held in Idlib's towns of Khan Sheikhun and Jisr al-Shughur, as well as opposition-held areas in the neighboring provinces of Hama and Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

Russian Federation has demanded that Erdoğan force the withdrawal of jihadist forces from Idlib, a role Ankara said it could not play.

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Eyewitnesses inside Idlib province have told ABC News that hundreds of people are already on the move as Russian air strikes have begun hitting rebel positions in recent days.

Other demonstrators wrapped themselves in opposition flags and chanted slogans against what they called "international silence" over the massive buildup of Syrian army forces in the vicinity of Idlib. "Any attack on Idlib would result in a catastrophe".

Washington has threatened military action in case of a chemical weapons attack but its mixed messaging on retaining a U.S. presence in Syria and a cut in aid has diminished its already limited influence over the seven-year conflict. Assad and Russian Federation continue to launch airstrikes in the Idlib province.

Separately, clashes broke out in eastern Syria in Qamishli, a town close to the border with Turkey, between government and Kurdish security members.

"The Trump Administration and the worldwide community have made it clear that there is no military solution to the Syrian conflict", Haley told the Council, which was to hold another meeting Friday on the crisis in Idlib.

The observatory said 19 barrel bombs had been dropped and there was also shelling from government areas.

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But Turkey failed to convince fellow leaders to insert wording for a cease-fire in the summit's final communiqué. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

"The fires of war and bloodshed in Syria are reaching their end", Rouhani said, while adding that terrorism must "be uprooted in Syria, particularly in Idlib".

The rare flare-up in the Kurdish-majority city near the Turkish border saw 11 regime fighters and seven Kurds killed, the Kurdish security forces said. Occasional clashes erupt there over turf control and authority, reflecting deepening political tension between the uneasy partners.

Mostafa said he had lost two brothers during the war, one killed by Isil and the other by the regime.

There was no immediate comment on the clashes by the government.

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Thousands Protest Assad Plan To Attack Last Syrian Rebel Stronghold