Erdogan says Idlib offensive poses 'serious security risks' for Turkey

Humanitarian crisis worsens in Syria as crippling assault on Idlib continues

Several Middle East TV channels and a U.S. news channel have been sent to Jisr al-Shughur in Syria's Idlib Governorate to produce the footage needed for the provocation, a statement by the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation said.

He warned that such an offensive would only "create further suffering, alienate and radicalize more Syrians" and "play into the hands of terrorists".

In the newspaper article, Erdogan called on the global community to take action, and warned that "the entire world stands to pay the price" otherwise.

Erdogan had called for a truce in an attempt to avoid a full-scale Syrian government assault on Idlib.

Turkey is a leading opposition supporter which has troops in the country and has erected 12 observation posts around rebel-held Idlib.

More than 30,000 people have so far fled their homes in northwest Syria since Syrian government and allied forces resumed air and ground bombardments there last week, the United Nations agency coordinating relief efforts said on Monday.

On Monday, the United Nations envoy is scheduled to hold a meeting with representatives of the three guarantors of the Syrian ceasefire - Russia, Iran and Turkey.

Turkey, Russia and Iran past year set up the Astana process, a negotiating track to end Syria's war that complements the UN-led peace process.

On July 5, the Syrian Negotiation Commission submitted a list of 50 candidates to represent the Syrian opposition in the constitutional committee to de Mistura, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

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Exhortations about terrorists and Russia's alleged desire to protect civilians have been repeated time and again before every major government offensive that claimed civilian lives, such as in Aleppo and the Damascus suburbs of eastern Ghouta, and flies in the face of Moscow's record of civilian casualties.

Turkey's Sinirlioglu, whose country supports the Syrian opposition, countered that "only a viable cease-fire would allow the creation of an environment to effectively fight terrorism".

"Some even said that they are preparing to die as Idlib is the last safe place for many of them".

United States officials have in recent days said additional action would follow if Assad were to use the banned weapons in rebel-held Idlib. Meanwhile the work of professionally faking scenes of rescue workers helping civilians has already begun, they say.

Haley said the Trump administration hasn't seen any actions "to indicate that Russia, Iran and Assad are interested in a political solution".

Turkey has renewed calls for worldwide backing for a ceasefire in Idlib, telling the United Nations security council that an all-out assault on Syria's rebel-held province would trigger a huge wave of refugees and could threaten Europe.

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley issued a stern warning on the Syrian government, Russian Federation and Iran over military operations in Idlib.

"I also want to reiterate what I said last week to the Assad regime and anyone else contemplating the use of chemical weapons in Syria".

More than 3 million people live in the rebel-held territory, almost half of them already displaced from fighting elsewhere in Syria.

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