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U.N. Fears for 2.5 Million in Idlib, Syria as Fighting Escalates

Syrians gather amidst destruction in Zardana, in the mostly rebel-held northern Syrian Idlib province, in the aftermath of following air strikes in the area late on June 8, 2018. (Getty)

Geneva – The United Nations voiced concern on Monday about an escalation in fighting and air strikes in Syria’s Idlib province, where 2.5 million civilians have “no place else to go” within their homeland.

Panos Moumtzis, U.N. regional humanitarian coordinator for Syria, called on major powers to broker a negotiated settlement to end the war and avoid a bloodbath in Idlib.” “We worry about 2.5 million people becoming displaced towards Turkey … There is no other location to move them to (in Syria),” he told a news briefing in Geneva.

An aid convoy reached the town of Douma in the enclave of eastern Ghouta outside Damascus on Sunday, but the Syrian government did not allow U.N. staff to accompany it, Moumtzis said.

(Reuters)

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