Pope warns of 'humanitarian catastrophe' in Syrian rebel bastion
Sep 06 2018
Hatami also said recently that Syria has entered the phase of reconstruction as the war was nearing an end.
It follows comments by Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, that "terrorists must be purged" from Idlib and the entire northwestern province returned to government control.
Assad has vowed to defeat the opposition in its last refuge in the northwestern province if the rebels do not surrender to government rule.
Idlib is held by a complex array of rebels and jihadists, many of whom have been blacklisted as "terrorists" by world powers and was seized from government forces in 2015.
Presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey will convene in the capital Tehran on September 7 to discuss the upcoming Syria military operation in Idlib.
The Kremlin on Tuesday rejected President Donald Trump's warning that an attack on the last major enclave of Syrian rebels would be a "grave humanitarian mistake", saying the Idlib rebels are hindering efforts at a diplomatic solution to the crisis.
The Britain-based monitor, which relies on sources in Syria for its reports, said at least nine civilians, including five children from the same family, were killed in the raids, while 10 people were wounded.
The presence of militants in Idlib was undermining the Syrian peace process and making the region a base for attacks on Russian forces in Syria, Peskov added. When he was in Russian Federation in late August, Cavusoglu said "we have to differentiate terrorists from other people", but added that it was also important to eliminate Russia's concerns.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said "terrorists" must be wiped out in Idlib, accusing them of using civilians as human shields.
It was the first time in more than three weeks that Russian Federation was involved in airstrikes in the Idlib area, according to the the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a United Kingdom -based monitoring group.
"Let us be clear, it remains our firm stance that if President Bashar al-Assad chooses to again use chemical weapons, the United States and its allies will respond swiftly and appropriately".
After seven years of war, the northern province of Idlib has become the rebels' final bastion.
Tehran and Moscow have provided steady political, financial and military backing to Assad throughout the war, which has left over 350,000 people dead since it broke out in 2011.
Almost 3 million civilians live thre - including many refugees from other war-torn parts of Syria.
Zarif's visit to Syria comes a week after Iran's defense minister traveled to Damascus and signed a defense cooperation agreement, defying US calls for Iran to withdraw its military advisers and fighters from the war-torn country.