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France warns of a humanitarian disaster in the Syrian city of Idlib

FRANCE / SYRIA (OBSERVATORY) –¬†French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian¬†warned of a humanitarian disaster in the Syrian-controlled city of Idlib, which could be the next target of the Syrian army.

The Idlib region in northwestern Syria remains the largest population still under the control of opposition forces fighting the Syrian government. In recent years, tens of thousands of fighters and civilians have fled there from other parts of Syria that the army has recovered with the help of Russia and Iran.

The population of Idlib now stands at about 2 million, including hundreds of thousands of Syrians who have been evacuated from cities controlled by the opposition and restored by the Syrian government, said Le Drian.

“There is a danger of a new humanitarian catastrophe,” Le Drian said in an interview with French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche. Idleb’s fate must be determined through a political process that involves disarming militias.”

Some armed opposition officials said they feared a massacre in Idlib, which a senior Iranian official suggested could be the next target.