More than 30,000 displaced in Idlib, Syria

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Damascus, which is backed by its allies Iran and Russian Federation, is preparing a major offensive on Idlib and other areas of northwest Syria to bring them under regime control.

Turkey, afraid of hundreds of thousands of new refugees will flow to its borders, already hosts over three million refugees. "Such an operation would trigger a massive wave of refugees and tremendous security risks for Turkey, the rest of Europe and beyond", adding that no security concern could justify risking millions of lives. "Some have even started to move under the trees in the hope that it will save them", said Mahmoud.

The weapons, which have entered Syria in large quantities in recent days, include ammunition and GRAD rockets.

"According to the data from the Idlib Governorate's residents, now the filming of a staged provocation of the alleged chemical weapons use by the Syrian army against the civilians is under way in Jisr ash-Shugur", said a statement by the Russian defense ministry mission in Syria, published in the TASS news agency on Tuesday.

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The Turkish Red Crescent official told MEE that only civilians who left their weapons behind would be admitted into the organisation's camps.

The three countries had failed to reach an agreement for a ceasefire, however, prompting Sweden and other nations to again warn of a "humanitarian catastrophe" should the Syria government, backed by Russian Federation, wage a military offensive on Idlib, where millions are at risk.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday's airstrikes on Idlib and Hama provinces forced some people to flee their homes.

Russian disinformation has always been a key component of its intervention in Syria, which was critical in turning the tide of the war in Assad's favour.

In Idlib "Government helicopters dropped at least two barrels carrying chlorine payloads in the Taleel area of Saraqeb". "The world will hold them responsible", she told the Security Council.

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With extensive Turkish support, efforts have been underway to organize FSA groups north of Aleppo into a unified force known as the "National Army" numbering some 30,000 fighters.

Last week's summit in Tehran between the three sides did not produce any agreement, as Iran and Russian Federation rejected Turkey's call for a continued ceasefire in the rebel bastion.

Russia's Defense Ministry has said that a fake chemical attack on civilians has been filmed in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib.

Regarding the peace talks, de Mistura said earlier in Geneva that his discussions with the senior Russian, Turkish and Iranian officials taking place on September 10 and September 11 for the new process are the best "roadmap we can see".

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