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August 9, 2018 11:21 am

UN: Russia and Iran Keen to Avoid Bloodbath in Syria’s Idlib

avatar by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff

An internally displaced woman sits outside a tent in Idlib province, Syria, July 30, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Khalil Ashawi.

Russia, Iran and Turkey told a meeting of the Syria humanitarian task force on Thursday that they would do their utmost to avoid a battle that would threaten millions of civilians in rebel-held Idlib, UN humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said.

He estimated that there were 4 million or more people in the potential battleground in northwest Syria and he hoped diplomats and military envoys could reach a deal to avoid a “bloodbath.”

But he said the UN was making preparations for a battle and would ask Turkey to keep its borders open to allow civilians to flee if the need arose.

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