38500 flee hostilities in Syria's Idlib in two weeks

Iranian Foreign Minister's Special Assistant for Political Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari Russian President's Special Representative for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal and UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan

Iranian Foreign Minister's Special Assistant for Political Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari Russian President's Special Representative for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal and UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan

Turkey's foreign minister says his country is still working for a peaceful solution for Syria's rebel-held province of Idlib, adding that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would hold talks with Russia's Vladimir Putin on Monday.

Given the fact that Turkey has been part of a tripartite effort along with Iran and Russian Federation to establish de-escalation zones in northern Syria as part of the Astana process between the three powers, Ankara has warned of a humanitarian catastrophe in case of such an attack while stressing at the same time that terrorists should not be tolerated.

The UN chief appealed to Iran, Russia and Turkey to find a way to isolate terrorist groups and create a situation in which civilians will not have to pay price for solution of the Idlib problem.

The UK-based watchdog group said the missiles were among the weapon shipment that entered Idlib over the past couple of days amid the absence of Russian and Syrian airstrikes.

Although the Foreign Minister did not specify where the meeting would take place, several local media outlets reported it would be held in Sochi, the Russian city that hosted a Turkey-Iran-Russia summit in November past year.

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"It is completely inexcusable that no party to this conflict adhered to their obligations toward civilians displaced by their military operations", said Commission Chair Paulo Pinheiro.

In the northwest province of Idlib - where the United Nations fears a major imminent assault by Syrian and Russian forces against the last rebel-held stronghold - chlorine was also used on February 4, the U.N. report said.

The report also said that Syria this year witnessed levels of internal displacement not seen before in the seven-year conflict, warning that a large proportion of those displaced now languish in Idlib.

Syrian activists meanwhile said new military reinforcements had arrived to beef up Turkish observation points inside Idlib.

"The refugees. will not be accepted into Turkey because previous experiences have shown that with such migrant waves, the entrance of radicals and terrorists into Turkey have been too much", the security official said.

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Senior officials from Russia, Iran and Turkey met with UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura in Geneva Tuesday.

It came amid rising worldwide concern that a looming Syrian government assault against rebels in the northwest province of Idlib would be a "bloodbath".

Turkey has said for months that jihadi fighters, who control several major towns in Idlib, should be specifically targeted to avoid the humanitarian consequences of an indiscriminate war.

A pro-Assad source in Syria said: "There is patience and repositioning now".

"This will spread from here to Europe and other countries".

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