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US envoy to Syria warns of an international crisis in Idlib

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — On Thursday, the American envoy to Syria, James Jeffrey, warned of an international crisis due to the displacement of nearly 700,000 Syrians towards the Turkish border.

This came in a press statement by Geoffrey from the Belgian capital, Brussels, in which he confirmed that all options are available to the United States, in case the Syrian regime used a chemical weapon again.

He vowed that “the United States might resort to military intervention if the Syrian regime resorted to chemical weapons.”

Jeffrey added, “The war planes of the Assad regime and Russia launched 200 air strikes on Idlib during the past 3 days.”

He continued: “Nearly 700,000 people have been displaced from their areas, towards the Turkish border, and this could result in an international crisis.”

Jeffrey expressed his country’s support for the presence of Turkish observation points in Idlib governorate, stressing the need not to harm Turkish soldiers in these points.

He added, “The Assad regime, Iran and Russia must know that the attacks on Idlib are unacceptable. We are talking about a humanitarian crisis and destructive actions of civilians.”

Jeffrey pointed out that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has experience regarding the situation in Syria, adding: “He (Erdogan) is a partner to us, and our ally in NATO, and we stand with him.”

He added, “We told him (Erdogan) that (Russian President Vladimir) Putin cannot be trusted with regard to Syria, and today he sees the results of that.”

He said, “Assad’s forces, backed by Russia, are recruiting refugees to put pressure on Turkey, and this is unacceptable.”

Since the outbreak of the bloody civil war in Syria in 2011, Turkey has received millions of Syrians who have fled their country, making Turkey the largest refugee-hosting country in the world.

Many medical facilities linked to the United Nations were subjected to air strikes in 2019, and Russia, allied to the Syrian regime, denies that it targeted any facilities or hospitals.

Despite subsequent understandings made to install the cease-fire in Idlib, the last of which is in January, the regime forces and their supporters continue to launch attacks in the area, killing more than 1,500 civilians and displacing more than a million others to relatively calm areas or Close to the Turkish border, since September 17, 2018.

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