Geneva (AFP) – The United Nations peace envoy to Syria has proposed Thursday to travel to Idlib to ensure that civilians can escape through a humanitarian corridor in fear of an impending government offensive to recapture the last rebel-ruled Greater Region.
Once again, I am ready … personally and physically to engage myself … to ensure that such a temporary corridor is feasible and guaranteed for the people to return to their own places after the end "Staffan de Mistura told reporters in Geneva."
His comments came amid fears that the Syrian government, aided by longtime ally Russia, mobilized for a military offensive to bring Idlib, the last of the country's besieged rebels
Idlib, bordering Turkey, is home to nearly three million people, of whom up to half are rebels and civilians from other areas that have fallen victim to Syrian troops after intense attacks,
A million mi The Lithuanian operation in Idlib would create a special humanitarian Alb because there is no longer an area of opposition in Syria where people could be evacuated.
"There is no other idlib," said de Mistura, stressing that civilians can be evacuated. Near areas under state control, with guarantees, their rights are respected once they arrive there.
"It would be a tragic irony if, at the end of a … territorial war in Syria, we witness the most terrible tragedy for the largest number of civilians," he said.
"It would be quite tragic at this time, having seen how difficult the seven years (of the Syrian war) were."
More than 350,000 people have been brutally oppressed since the beginning of the Syrian war in 2011 Thousands of people were displaced and millions displaced by anti-government protests.
Two years ago de Mistura offered to go to Aleppo and personally escort Al Nusra fighters from the besieged city. 1 9659011] "Al Nusra refused my offer to accompany them, and they went to Idlib, and we lost at least two months, and thousands of people died because of this," he said.
The UN envoy said there are estimates of 10,000 al-Qaida and Al-Nusra fighters in Idlib, along with their families.
While emphasizing the legitimacy of fighting such "United Nations-identified terrorists," he insisted that efforts to defeat them would not justify the lives of 2.9 million people in the vulnerable area
] "There is no justification for avoiding heavy weapons in densely populated areas."
On Wednesday, UN leader Antonio Guterres warned military operations in the Syrian province of Idlib could lead to a "humanitarian disaster" and warned against the use of chemical weapons.