Washington sees a potential attack on Idlib as an escalation of an already unsafe conflict, United States secretary says.
Russian Federation and Syria have denied planning any chemical attacks and have charged that the extremist Hayat group - with backing from the West - is planning to stage one and then blame it on the government, creating a pretext for Western air strikes.
Idlib, the last rebel holdout in Syria, faces a "humanitarian catastrophe" unless the global community acts to safeguard civilian lives, Pope Francis warned on Sunday. The Syrian government denied the accusations and said that the Jaish al-Islam terror group staged the attack to encourage foreign intervention in Syria. Turkey, Russia and fellow regime backer Iran all operate "observation points" in Idlib as part of a "de-escalation" deal agreed a year ago that was meant to reduce bloodshed in the province.
According to Hüsnü Mahalli, a Syrian journalist living in Turkey and who has a variety of sources from the field, told Cumhuriyet newspaper the real problem regarding the Idlib crisis could be the foreign terrorist fighters among the native jihadists.
That is precisely why, despite the extensive and unprecedented cooperation of the Damascus government with the Chemical Weapons Convention over the past years, it is again accusing Bashar al-Assad of using chemical weapons without providing any concrete evidence.
"Russia seeks to ensure not just the regime's military victory in Syria but its full political restoration through worldwide re-legitimation at war's end".
A total of 391 civilians, including 66 children, were killed in war-torn Syria last month, according to a Syrian NGO on Saturday.
"The 3 million Syrians, who have already been forced out of their homes and are now in #Idlib, will suffer from this aggression".
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Hundreds of thousands of civilians in the Idlib area have nowhere to flee.
On a recent visit to Moscow, the country's foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, called for more time for a Turkish plan to negotiate with the rebels in Idlib, including radical Islamist groups. "This would not be meant to substantially alter the Idlib battle, but rather to uphold the worldwide convention against the use of chemical arms".
Turkey has 12 military observation posts inside Idlib aimed at monitoring a de-escalation zone and media reports have said it has sent concrete blocks over the border to reinforce them in case of an assault.
The civil war in Syria seems to be nearing its end, yet officials have been voicing their concerns that an offensive toward Idlib would end in catastrophe and ignite new conflicts in the region.
Though the group claims to have no direct ties to al-Qaida, it's considered a terrorist group by the United States and the United Nations.
The government has blamed Israel for previous attacks on the airport.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey will meet President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation and President Hassan Rouhani of Iran on Friday to discuss Syria, in the latest round of their discussions on Syria known as the Astana process.