Any operation in Idlib to lead to ‘disaster’

Turkey’s national defense minister says Syria’s northwestern province ’on brink of new crisis’

Any operation in Idlib to lead to ‘disaster’

Any military operation in Syria’s Idlib would drag a region rife with problems to disaster, Turkey’s national defense minister said. 

“Idlib is on the brink of a new crisis. Turkey is working with Russia, Iran and other allies to establish peace and stability [in Syria] and to stop the humanitarian tragedy,” Hulusi Akar said. 

His remarks came during a meeting with some ambassadors on Wednesday. 

Located near the Turkish border, Idlib province is home to more than 3 million Syrians, many of whom fled from other cities following attacks by regime forces.

The Syrian regime has recently announced plans to launch a major military offensive to the area, long controlled by various armed opposition groups. 

The UN warned that such an offensive would lead to the "worst humanitarian catastrophe in the 21st century".