The president of the United States, Donald Trump, on Thursday called on the governments of Russia, Syria and Iran to stop violence against civilians in the Syrian province of Idlib, controlled by the rebels.
"Russia, Syria and Iran are killing, or on their way to kill, thousands of innocent civilians" in that territory of the Syrian northwest dominated by jihadists, Trump tweeted. “Don't do it! Turkey is working hard to stop that killing. ”
Since December 16, the forces of Syrian President Bashar al Assad, with the support of the Russian air force, have intensified their shelling over the region and ground fighting against jihadists and rebels, despite a ceasefire announced in August.RELATED
Around 80 civilians were killed in the new escalation, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which estimates that more than 40,000 people have been displaced.
Ankara said Tuesday that he is in talks with Moscow to secure a new ceasefire in Idlib, and called for the "immediate" end of the attacks.
France also called for an "immediate" reversal of the actions, accusing Damascus and its Russian and Iranian allies of "worsening the humanitarian crisis."
Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Ankara was pushing for a new ceasefire to replace an agreement reached in August.
In a statement this week, the Syrian army said it had seized 320 square kilometers of its enemies in recent days.
In addition, he has promised to continue his bid until recovering Idlib, asking civilians to leave the areas under jihadist control.
The Idlib region is dominated by jihadists from the Hayat Tahrir al Cham (HTS) group, former al Qaeda ally, and other rebel movements.
The group leader urged jihadists and allied rebels to head to the front and fight "the Russian occupiers" and the regime.
His "fierce" campaign requires that we make more efforts, "HTS leader Abu Mohammed al Jolani said Tuesday in a statement.
Idlib is home to some three million people, including many displaced by years of violence in other parts of the country.
The regime, which now controls more than 70% of Syrian territory, has repeatedly said that it is determined to reconquer Idlib.
The escalation of violence comes after Russia and China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have extended cross-border relief deliveries to four million Syrians for a year, many of them in Idlib.
The measure raised fears that UN-funded life assistance could stop entering the opposition-controlled parts of Syria since January, unless an alternative agreement is reached.
The Syrian war has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions since 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.