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UN: The human nightmare in Idlib, Syria must end

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday that the “humanitarian nightmare” in the Syrian province of Idlib “must end … now” without announcing a special initiative to try to end the fighting.

“The message is clear,” he said in a statement to the media. “There is no military solution to the Syrian crisis. The only solution is still political.” He also stressed that “it is important to break the vicious circle of violence and suffering,” expressing his concern as the battles approach densely populated areas.

The attack of the regime forces in Idlib since the beginning of December has led to 900,000 people, the majority of whom are women and children, to leave their homes. The United Nations said that 170,000 of them reside in the open. It also killed more than 400 civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Guterres pointed out that “about 2.8 million people need humanitarian assistance in northwestern Syria,” appealing for increased contributions to reach $ 500 million to be able to cover expected humanitarian expenditures for the next six months.

On Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, during a phone call, to “curb” the Syrian regime in Idlib province.

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