A new humanitarian crisis looms as Russian and Turkish backed Syrian government forces advance on Idlib. An all-out offensive has been launched on the last rebel-held territory.
Russian-backed Syrian regime forces have taken an important town in the rebel stronghold province of Idlib. The regime's three-month campaign has killed more than 2,000 people and displaced some 400,000.
Three million people in jihadi-controlled Idlib are at the mercy of warring sides as Syria ramps up an offensive. The escalation has given renewed impetus for Russia and Turkey to fully implement a truce deal.
The UN says there has been a "dramatic escalation" in violence since Syrian forces started an operation to retake Idlib province. Human rights chief Michelle Bachelet regretted "international indifference."
A Turkish invasion of Syria appears to be imminent. But a new military offensive could have self-destructive consequences for Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government, writes journalist Rainer Hermann.
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