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EU: The current situation in Idlib, very worrying

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)

The European Union (EU) has described the current situation in Syria’s Idlib as “extremely worrying” as Bashar al-Assad’s regime and Russia are continuing attacks in the region, reports Anadolu Agency (AA).

Speaking at the daily press conference, European Commission spokesman Peter Stano said the EU on the Syrian issue is currently focused on the situation in Idlib.

Stano said it was important to implement the ceasefire agreement within the Astana Process and stressed the need to step up efforts to send aid to civilians.

“The attacks of Bashar al-Assad and Russia without distinction of purpose are causing more deaths. The current situation is very worrying,” Stano said.

Otherwise, 15 civilians lost their lives and many were injured after the Syrian regime and Russia resumed air strikes on civilian settlements in Idlib yesterday despite a ceasefire announced by Moscow and Ankara.

The regime had earlier violated the ceasefire through artillery attacks, but yesterday’s attacks were the first air strikes after the ceasefire.

Russia had announced the implementation of the ceasefire by the afternoon of January 9, but ground attacks by the Iranian-backed regime and terrorist groups had continued.

Later, the Turkish Ministry of Defense announced that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed during the January 8th meeting in Istanbul that the ceasefire would begin at midnight on January 12th.

The situation in Idlib

During the May 2017 meeting of Turkey, Russia and Iran in Astana, Kazakhstan, Idlib was declared a de-escalation zone, where acts of aggression would be banned.

Turkey and Russia reached an additional agreement in September last year in Sochi in the wake of the Syrian regime’s ceasefire violation.

However, regime forces with the help of supporters have continued their attacks despite the deal. Since that date, over 1,600 civilians have lost their lives as a result of the attacks.

Russia, the regime and its backing terrorists targeting the Idlib have, since the beginning of 2019, caused the migration of some 1,300,000 civilians near the border with Turkey.

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