Pope calls for all parties to safeguard Syrian civilians in Idlib

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In Jordan and Turkey, Mr Jeffrey and Mr Rayburn will also focus on Syria and "reiterate the USA position that a military offensive in Idlib will escalate the crisis in Syria and the region, risk the lives of humanitarians and Syrian civilians, and destroy civilian infrastructure", the State Department said.

Minister Walid al-Moualem, speaking after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergie Lavrov in Moscow, also said Syria would not use chemical weapons in any offensive and that it did not have such weapons.

Grandi, who made the comments in Lebanon after visiting Syria and Jordan, said an all-out attack threatens to cause many civilian deaths and fresh displacement, as well as discourage the return of other refugees.

In Jordan and Turkey the two envoys are expected to tell officials that the U.S. continues to believe a regime offensive in Idlib will escalate the crisis in Syria and the region, as well as offer praise and thanks for the two countries' work to help to alleviate the human suffering caused by the war.

Indeed, the United Nations' Syria envoy last week described the situation in Idlib as "the ideal storm", with fighting therein expected to cause not only a humanitarian crisis but also further entangle Washington, Ankara and even Jerusalem in the web of destruction.

Turkey has staged two incursions into northern Syria since 2016 in support of rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad, leading to its control over a zone along the border.

We have been aware of that since the very beginning.

"At our meeting with Nasr Al-Hariri, president of Syrian Negotiations Commission, we exchanged views on recent developments in Syria, including Idlib and also the period ahead concerning the political process", Cavusoglu wrote on his Facebook page.

Thousands of government troops and allied fighters have been amassing in areas surrounding Idlib. "This would not be meant to substantially alter the Idlib battle, but rather to uphold the worldwide convention against the use of chemical arms".

Addressing faithful in St. Peter's Square, Francis said "the winds of war are still blowing and troubling news reaches us about the risks of a possible humanitarian catastrophe" in Syria's Idlib province. He went on: "The White Helmets are still in Idlib, and if the chemical weapons scenario is repeated again, it is likely that the pretext for air and missile attacks on Syria would be similar to what was claimed last April in the eastern Ghuota". But the strongest alliance of fighters is led by an al-Qaida-linked group that controls most of the area that is also home to some 3 million people.

An attack on Idlib would be a "singular catastrophe", according to the Soufan Group, a New York-based company providing security analysis to governments and organizations. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the strikes were carried out in violation of the norms and principles of global law.

Assad's forces suffered serious setbacks early in the war, but Russian backing has helped them retake control of 60 percent of Syria.

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