Idlib offensive could spark 21st century's worst humanitarian catastrophe, United Nations says

Idlib offensive could spark 21st century's worst humanitarian catastrophe, United Nations says

According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, there is "no doubt" that Islamic militants with ties to Western intelligence agencies that are hostile to Assad's regime are planning a false-flag chemical weapons attack in Idlib province, the scene of fierce fighting between forces loyal to the Syrian regime and terrorist groups opposed to it.

"This would unleash a humanitarian nightmare unlike any seen in the blood-soaked Syrian conflict".

Syria's conflict has killed more than 350,000 people and forced millions more out of their homes, but the United Nations has warned a full-blown attack on Idlib could bring unprecedented suffering.

In a bid to avert an assault, the top three powerbrokers in Syria's war - Russia, Iran, and Turkey -agreed on Friday to work together on "stabilising" Idlib.

"We invite the global community to vocally and actively support our efforts to this end", Sinirlioğlu told the U.N. Security Council during a session on the Syrian province. Erdogan urged the global community to take action or face "security risks for Turkey, the rest of Europe and beyond".

"All members of the global community must understand their responsibilities as the assault on Idlib looms", Erdoğan wrote.

De Mistura will meet on Monday and Tuesday with the guarantor countries of Astana process - Turkey, Russia, and Iran.

The attack occurred late Monday in the rural Tulul al-Safa area of the province, some 100 kilometres (60 miles) southeast of Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Turkish forces and Turkish-backed opposition fighters now control an area between Afrin and Jarabulus where Ankara had hoped to resettle the millions of refugees.

Hurricane Florence starts flooding parts of the Carolinas
She said a hurricane has a way of bringing everyone to the same level. "If we lose the house, oh well, we can get housing". Where is Hurricane Florence now? Areas east and south of Charlotte are expected to receive higher totals from Florence.

Russian Federation launches biggest war games Vostok-2018: 10 things to know
This activity was part of the first stage of the exercise, which runs until September 17, the ministry said in a statement . China and Russian Federation have been showcasing their military partnership, in addition to political and economic ties.

Umpires Reportedly Considering Boycott Of Future Serena Williams Matches
Sitting in the hot seat, Ramos saw Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou, motion her from the player's box to move to the net. Williams was not playing a Russian blonde a la Maria Sharapova but a person of colour in the Haitian-Japanese Osaka.

Last week's summit in Tehran between the three sides did not produce any agreement, as Iran and Russian Federation rejected Turkey's call for a continued ceasefire in the rebel bastion.

But while Erdogan had also called for a truce, Putin said this would be pointless as it would not involve the Islamist militant groups that Russian Federation deems terrorists, and Rouhani said Syria must regain control over all its territory.

According to US officials who have cited intelligence reports, Syrian President Bashar al Assad has approved the use of chlorine gas in the upcoming military operations in Idlib, The Wall Street Journal reported September 9.

"He's been warned, and so we'll see if he's wised up", US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday.

"I can say we've been in consultation with the British and the French, who joined us in the second strike, and they also agree that another use of chemical weapons will result in a much stronger response", Bolton said.

Real chemicals would be used to make the footage appear more authentic and also to provide samples of allegedly contaminated soil from the scene, the ministry said.

"A staged provocation of so-called "chemical weapons" used by the Syrian army against civilians is now being filmed in Jisr al-Shughur", the ministry said in a statement carried by Russian news wires Tuesday. "That's something we're monitoring very closely", OCHA spokesman David Swanson said.

He said 47 per cent of those displaced have moved to camps, 29 per cent are staying with families, 14 per cent have settled in informal camps and 10 per cent are in rented accommodation.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top NASA video shows Hurricane Florence from space as it makes landfall
Sep 14, 2018 - 22:28
North Carolinians can compare those measurements with this flood risk map to gauge how their areas might be affected . North Carolina, South Carolina , Virginia and Georgia were expected to be hit with the brunt of the Category 3 storm.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Justin Bieber and Hailey Badwin are married? This picture says so..
Sep 14, 2018 - 22:14
Hailey did spark wedding talk by wearing a gorgeous white mini dress with long puffy sleeves while holding Justin's hand as they entered the courthouse.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top TS Isaac less organised; Governments call off Storm Warnings, Watches
Sep 14, 2018 - 20:15
The warning is valid from Monday September 16 at 6:00pm through to 12:00pm on Tuesday September 17 and applies to all of Co. Isaac weakened into a tropical storm Monday and by Tuesday recorded maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Meghan Markle freezing out friends she feels she can't 'trust'
Sep 14, 2018 - 19:49
Thomas Markle (left) has spoken to the media numerous times about his daughter Meghan Markle . "I've seen her smile for years. Samantha seethed on Twitter: "I am not candy coating anything anymore!" She said Meghan should "bow to the daddy".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top In the Triangle: Tornado watches, flood warnings as Florence makes landfall
Sep 14, 2018 - 18:58
Into the weekend, as the winds start to slacken at the coast and the surge subsides, the rains are likely to keeping coming. The image was captured by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, now living and working onboard the International Space Station.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top European Union legislators vote to impose disciplinary action on Hungary
Sep 14, 2018 - 18:28
He has also expressed his desire to remain within the EPP, which he said was "deeply divided" on the issue of migration. Szijjarto said Hungary was considering legal options to appeal the result because of the way the vote was tallied.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Announces $2 Billion Fund to Help Homeless Families
Sep 14, 2018 - 17:32
The fund will be split between Day 1 Families Fund and Day 1 Academies Fund. The newspaper says Bezos has no involvement in its news coverage.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Nintendo Reveals Important Information About Switch Ahead of Online Service Arrival
Sep 14, 2018 - 13:39
There's no specific ship date attached to them just yet, but Nintendo are aiming to get them heading toward customers in December. The patch will arrive alongside the launch of Nintendo Switch Online . "It will also be possible to play these games offline".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Boateng reveals reason for turning down Mourinho and Man Utd
Sep 14, 2018 - 12:26
Pirlo played alongside Pogba regularly for Juve, notably in the 2015 Champions League final which they lost 3-1 to Barca. But we do know what former United right-back Gary Neville thinks of Pogba, though.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Woodward: Mattis, Kelly denials of his book quotes on Trump untrue
Sep 14, 2018 - 12:11
Several prominent figures in the book have denied quotes that Woodward attributes to them. Cohn and Porter. "Their statement was excellent", he said .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Carolinas Brace for Extremely Dangerous Hurricane Florence
Sep 14, 2018 - 07:15
People rushed to get emergency kits ready, map out escape routes, fill sandbags and secure their homes. My people just informed me that this is one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast in many years.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top New York Democrats decide governor, attorney general races
Sep 14, 2018 - 04:57
Until quite recently, Cynthia Nixon was best known as the spiky red-headed companion of Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City . She greeted voters in Manhattan's Union Square on Thursday and cast her ballot at an East Village community center.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Seattle Storm sweep Washington Mystics to capture WNBA championship
Sep 14, 2018 - 04:53
Howard was right behind her, dropping a double-double 29 points and 14 rebounds in the win, shooting 11-of-14 from the field. Howard was a deep reserve for Minnesota during the Lynx's title run past year , averaging 1.1 points and 0.9 points.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Brown signs bill requiring 100% clean electricity, updating RPS
Sep 13, 2018 - 23:59
ROMERO: The legislation calls on electric utilities to move faster toward previous renewable energy goals. But the supply of renewable energy varies from day to day - even moment to moment.

'Don't play games with it': Florence takes aim at Carolinas
Sep 13, 2018 - 23:10
Privately, you may be wondering (and you wouldn't be alone): "What exactly is storm surge? ". The slow-moving storm, with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour, is expected.