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UN aid chief urges Security Council to ensure Idlib cease-fire

The UN humanitarian chief is urging the Security Council and key countries to ensure that the cease-fire in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib holds to prevent “a military onslaught” and overwhelming human suffering, according to  Al-Arabiya on Tuesday.

Mark Lowcock stated Monday that the world has seen “a glimmer of hope in the weeks of relative quiet” since Russia and Turkey agreed on a truce in September that prevented a Syrian government offensive on the last rebel stronghold.

Lowcock said “the stakes are high” for millions of people in Idlib, stressing that a military offensive “would overwhelm all ability to respond” with humanitarian aid. Many also fear a refugee crisis.

Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari reaffirmed the Russia-Turkey agreement, saying “the Syrian government will continue to facilitate all attempts to cease the spilling of blood.”
Last Modified: Tuesday، 30 October 2018 01:26 PM