Russia Launches Airstrikes in Syria's Rebel-Held Idlib

White House: Iran, Russia Gear Up for Mass Strike in Syria

Numerous residents are rebels and civilians who were bussed out of other areas as they came back under Syrian regime control.

The UN and aid groups have warned that a full assault on Idlib could spark a humanitarian catastrophe on a scale not yet seen in Syria's seven-year-old conflict.

"The regime and its backers must stop their military campaign in all its forms to allow the UN-led political process to have a chance to succeed", U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in a statement.

Turkey and the U.S. said they were racing find a diplomatic solution to avoid "a serious massacre" in Syria's Idlib province ahead of a critical summit on Friday which is likely to decide the fate of the rebel stronghold.

"President Bashar al-Assad of Syria must not recklessly attack Idlib province", U.S. President Donald Trump said via Twitter on Monday.

On Tuesday Russian and Syrian fighter jets attacked over two dozen locations in rebel-held Idlib, following a three-week long pause in fighting. The United Nations has said displaced people already make up about half of the 3 million people living in rebel-held areas of the northwest.

Regime troops shelled rebel positions on Wednesday, a day after Russian warplanes ended weeks of calm with a barrage of airstrikes.

Since May 2017, Idlib has been protected by a partial ceasefire following a de-escalation agreement between Turkey, Iran, and Russian Federation.

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Air raids across the province killed at least 13 civilians, including six children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said.

Tuesday's bombardment hit several areas held by the jihadist-led Hayat Tahrir al-Sham alliance, among them the town of Jisr al-Shughur, but also areas held by rival Turkish-backed rebels, according to Agence France-Presse.

Friday's summit in Tehran between key power brokers Erdogan, Putin and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani is expected to determine the scope and timing of any assault on Idlib.

"Our cooperation with Russian Federation now is very important", he said.

On Tuesday, the White House released an official statement condemning the attacks on Idlib and threatened military force if "chemical weapons" are used.

"If they want to continue to go the route of taking over Syria, they can do that, but they cannot do it with chemical weapons", she said.

Rescue workers accused regime forces of killing more than 40 people with "poisonous chlorine gas" in the town of Douma in April.

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