The rebel-held area in northwest Syria, the opposition’s last major stronghold in the decade-long civil war, has been bombed by government and Russian jets during the weekend. Following the escalation, more than 30,000 civilians are fleeing the dense-populated province, home to at least 3 million Syrians, almost half of them internally displaced from other parts of the country. According to the UN, while most are civilians, terrorist organizations, foreign fighters, and armed opposition groups have also summoned in Idlib.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was given green light to conduct an assault on provinces Idlib and Hama by allies Iran and Russia in the aftermath of the failed Tehran talks this Saturday between Iran, Russia, and Turkey. Iran and Russia back up the Syrian President, while Turkey supports certain rebel groups, some of which are situated in the last-standing opposition bastion close to its border. The ‘entire world stands to pay the price’ for the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe, warns Erdogan in a new statement for the WSJ.
Turkish military vehicles have been transporting more equipment to the Syrian territory within the process of strengthening their military posts.