The United Nations has warned of a humanitarian crisis that unfolds in the northwest province of Idrib in Syria, as Western forces have challenged Syria and its ally Russia to provide assurances that attacks on hospitals and schools will stop. at a meeting on Friday, UN Humanitarian Coordinator Mark Lakoc said there had been concerns about the escalating situation in Idlib for months. "In September last year, he (the UN Secretary-General) stressed that it was absolutely necessary to avoid a full-scale battle in Idlib and he warned he would unleash a humanitarian nightmare, unlike all we have seen in Syria, said Lockhart.
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The UN warned that three million civilians are at risk as the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad, backed by the Russians, have begun the offensive.
The council met in an extraordinary session to discuss the wave of battles in the Idlib area, which triggered anxiety about impending destruction that could lead to a humanitarian disaster.
Violence effectively broke the ceasefire agreed between Russia and Turkey in September. Russia has firmly supported the government of Assad in the eight-year civil war, while Turkey supports the rebel factions.
More than 180,000 people have been displaced by the latest violence for three weeks, UN chief relief officer Mark Lakok said, and 160
At least 18 hospitals and clinics were destroyed or damaged by air raids and shelling the past weeks, some of which have been on UN lists "no purpose", which specify the exact location of the health care facilities for the warriors. he told the Council. Locoque said that 49 health centers are partially or totally discontinued, some fear of being attacked while 17 schools are damaged or destroyed and much more closed.
The call to end the attacks, the United Kingdom and the United States, forced Russia and Syria to give assurances to the UN Security Council that the situation would not continue.
"Russia and Syria are the only countries flying planes in the area," said British ambassador Karen Pierce to the Council. "I think we need answers today."
"If the answer is to the Russian and Syrian Air Force, I call on both ambassadors today to give us confidence that the attacks will stop."
The current US ambassador to the United Nations said Russia and Syria were responsible for attacks on healthcare institutions and said it was "most worrying" that some were on the "no-goal" lists. and health workers who provide co-ordinates of a mechanism they believe is there to ensure their safety, are the authors of their own destruction because of the deliberate targeting of the [Assad] regime. "
Speaking from the United Nations headquarters in New York, Al Jazeera Diplomat James Baye said Security Council members felt the need to address the issue of Idlib in an open session of the UN Security Council after attempts at dealing with her behind closed doors seems to fail
"Some CC members hoped that by raising this (the situation in Idlib) in a closed session a week ago, maybe Russia would not like the pressure on them and that it could give up. "We've already decided that the bombing does not work of the Russians and the Syrian Air Force continue, and they went to the next level, which was supposed to lift them in public, hoping that some countries like China … could be able to abstain Russians and Syrians
"We categorically we reject accusations of violations of international humanitarian law, "Russian ambassador Vassilios Nebessias told the Council.
]" No Syrian army, Syrian Air Force, or Russia are conducting military action against civilians or civilian infrastructure. " "Our goal is terrorists," he said.
Hay Tajr al-Sham (HTS), a former Al Qaeda branch in Syria, the UN's list of "terrorism", controls most of Idlib province as well as parts of neighboring provinces Around 70 aid groups called for an immediate ceasefire in Idlib, saying conditions had reached a "crisis point."
Meanwhile, about 70 aid groups called for an immediate ceasefire in Idlib, saying conditions had reached a "crisis point".
The groups said violence forced at least 16 humanitarian organizations to stop their operations in the region, adding that the staff had either been shifted or the facilities were being attacked.
In a statement issued by the UN Security Council, Amnesty International called on Member States to put pressure on Russia for "deliberate" directing health and education institutions and ending the "attack" on civilians. Functions are war crimes, "said Lin Maalouf, director of Amnesty International for Middle East research.
"The international community has so far failed to protect civilians in Syria from the horrors of this conflict," she said.
Employees from four hospitals in Idlib and Hamma told Amnesty International that they had been identified, although they shared their coordinates with the Syrian and Russian governments. weekly Syrian government forces and their Russian allies committed nine attacks on hospitals and medical institutions
Help groups said at least 15 health establishments and 16 schools were significantly damaged or destroyed. At least two health workers were killed.
The war in Syria, now in its ninth year, has killed more than 370,000 people and has exiled millions since it began with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.