UNITED NATIONS (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — More than 350 civilians have died in northwestern Syria since December 2019 as a result of intensified hostilities there.
Such data were cited by UN Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs Rosemary Di Carlo, speaking at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in connection with the escalation in the Syrian province of Idlib.
“Over the past two months, 351 civilians have died,” she said. “Most of these cases (94%) occurred in opposition-controlled territories as a result of bombing by pro-government forces. At the same time, 6% of cases occurred in territories controlled by the government. This recalls that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (former Jabhat al-Nusra), which is listed as a terrorist organization by the UN Security Council, as well as other non-governmental armed groups also attacked populated areas.”
“The civilian population of Idlib lives in constant horror, trying to hide from airstrikes and mortar attacks,” said Di Carlo.
“They are waiting for a break in the clashes. They are asking for the killings to stop.”
“And we are responsible for doing everything in our power to stop the violence,” the UN representative concluded.
The situation around Idlib sharply escalated on February 27, when, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the militants attempted a massive offensive. The Syrian military attacked them, as a result of which, according to Ankara, 33 Turkish soldiers were killed.
The Russian defense department reported that the Turkish armed forces who came under fire from the Turkish armed forces were in the ranks of terrorists.
The aggravation of the situation was discussed by telephone between the Presidents of the Russian Federation and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Tayyip Erdogan. They emphasized the need to normalize the situation and agreed to work out the possibility of a summit in the near future.
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