Turkey urges Russian Federation for new truce in Syria’s Idlib

According to reports by Syria's Response Coordination Group some 200,000 people fled their homes since November 1 when Russian and Syrian jets stepped up attacks in the region after a brief lull

Erdogan warns Europe of new migration crisis

Thousands of refugees have fled to the border between Turkey and Syria amid the increased bombardment of the rebel-held Idlib province.

Turkey, on Tuesday, said that they were in talks with Russian Federation to reach a ceasefire in Idlib, Syria's northwestern province after Turkish diplomats travelled to Moscow to initiate talks on Syria and Libya.

Syrian forces launched a wide ground offensive last week in the northwest, after weeks of bombardment that displaced tens of thousands of people in Idlib province, the country's last rebel stronghold.

"We are closely following the process to end the attacks, and these attacks should immediately end and be implemented under a new ceasefire", Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said at a televised press conference.

Speaking in Ankara after a cabinet meeting, Kalin said Ankara had asked Russian Federation to set a ceasefire in the region.

The president tweeted that 'Turkey is working hard to stop this carnage'.

"Nine years into the war, children in Syria continue to experience unspeakable violence, trauma and distress".

In a statement on Tuesday, the Syrian army said it has seized 320 square kilometres (123 square miles) from its rivals in recent days.

Residents of the southern Idlib town flooded out of the area fearing violent clashes, an AFP correspondent there said.

According to the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, Idlib province is home to around three million civilians, 75 percent of whom are women and children.

A Turkish team was in Russian Federation on Monday for talks on the conflicts in Syria and Libya, following reports that tens of thousands more Syrians were heading to Turkey, which already hosts to the world's biggest refugee population.

Turkey now hosts some 3.7 million displaced Syrians, the largest refugee population in the world, after 8-1/2 years of civil war in Syria.

The Damascus regime, which now controls 70 percent of Syria, has repeatedly vowed to take back the area. It's also home to 3 million civilians, and the United Nations has warned of the growing risk of a humanitarian catastrophe along the Turkish border. For its part, France has released additional emergency assistance of €5.27 million for the civilian population of north-west Syria, via the UN Cross-Border Humanitarian Fund based in Gaziantep.

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests.

Latest News