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US calls for the “immediate end” of the Syrian regime’s offensive

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — US has expressed solidarity with its NATO ally, Turkey, calling for the “immediate end” of the Syrian regime’s offensive of Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s northwestern region, Idlib, following deadly attacks on Turkish forces.

“We stand by our NATO ally, Turkey, and continue to demand the immediate end of this disgusting offensive by the Assad regime, Russia, and Iranian-backed forces,” a US State Department spokesman said, talking about AA on condition of anonymity.

The spokesman further noted that “as the president and secretary have said, we are considering options on how we can best support Turkey in this crisis.”

Otherwise, a Turkish official said 33 Turkish soldiers were martyred and 32 others were wounded in an air strike by the Assad regime in Idlib.

Following the attack, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu held a telephone conversation with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, according to diplomatic sources.

In September 2018, Turkey and Russia agreed to turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone in which acts of aggression are banned.

However, since then over 1,300 civilians have been killed by attacks by the regime and Russian forces in the de-escalation zone, as the ceasefire has continued to break.

The de-escalation zone is currently home to four million civilians, including hundreds of thousands displaced in recent years by regime forces across the country.

Over 1.7 million Syrians have been displaced near the Turkish border as a result of intense attacks.

Since the outbreak of the bloody civil war in Syria in 2011, Turkey has admitted about 3.7 million Syrians who fled their country, making it the country with the most refugees in the world.

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