Syria: UN, 30,000 displaced in Idlib over past 48 hours

Russian, Syrian jets pounding area

11 September, 11:04

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, SEPTEMBER 11 - A reported 30,000 Syrians have been fleeing over the past 48 hours intense Russian and Syrian government raids over an area south of Idlib, said Panos Moumtzis, the UN regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syria crisis in a statement, a copy of which was obtained by ANSA.

    According to UN data on intensifying violence in Idlib, the last anti-government stronghold in western Syria, from September 9 until today some 30,000 people abandoned their homes and refugee camps in an area south of Idlib and fled to the north.

    For days, Syrian and Russian jets have been pounding the area along the frontline between insurgents and loyalists in the regions of Hama and Idlib. The raids are aimed, according to analysts, at preparing a ground offensive which will take place with the participation of Iranian forces that back Damascus.

    The UN says there are some three million civilians over the entire area of Idlib and that almost half are displaced people coming from other areas of war-torn Syria. Over six million people are displaced in the country.

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