Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Russia, Turkey Announce Plans for Demilitarized Zone in Syria's Idlib Region

Russia, Turkey Announce Plans for Demilitarized Zone in Syria's Idlib Region

Medics in rural parts of Idlib have also moved underground.

All "radically-minded" rebels and jihadists would have to pull out of the zone, he added.

"As we have noted before, an offensive by the Assad regime and its allies against the densely populated Idlib province would be a reckless escalation and would have serious consequences for Syria and the surrounding region", the official added.

Russia-backed forces of the Syrian regime have massed around Idlib province in recent weeks, which sparked fears of an imminent air and ground attack to retake the last major opposition bastion. Despite coming under nearly non-stop bombardment for several years, the area is still home to some 3 million Syrians, around 60,000 of whom are believed to be rebel fighters.

But Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said, after Putin's meeting with Erdogan, that there would be no offensive and that an agreement would be reached with Assad's government to stop airstrikes.

The plan is major landmark for Syria, where the standoff in the last militant stronghold of Idlib has threatened to turn into a major global crisis in recent weeks. "We have many military surprises; enough to upset the balance and ward off aggressors".

"The United States supports any credible efforts that prevent a resurgence of violence and protects civilians".

The United Nations has warned an offensive in the province could spark this century's worst humanitarian disaster.

Civilians in Idlib are preparing makeshift bomb shelters across the province as residents brace themselves for an anticipated Russian-backed Syrian regime offensive.

After initial efforts to secure a cease-fire failed, Turkey sent more troops inside Syria and bolstered support to rebel groups in the area.

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Russian Federation and Iran are key allies of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad's regime.

Putin said Russian Federation and Turkey had achieved "serious progress" in resolving the standoff over Idlib "and we can now move forward with coordinated actions".

Putin said the demilitarized zone would be enforced by patrols of Turkish forces and Russian military police.

"Hope at long last for 3 million Syrian civilians in Idleb [sic]: Russian Federation and Turkey agree on plan that may avert horrific war among displaced people", Egeland wrote on Twitter.

There are other Islamists and groups fighting under the Free Syrian Army banner.

The challenge now is whether Turkey and Russian Federation are able to successfully put this plan into action.

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"We had to clean the shelter out again, bring preserves and everything we might need so that we won't have to go back up to the house".

Among those initiatives were reinforcements of tanks and weapons to Turkey's 12 observation points in Idlib, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"Hopefully this time will be different than usual. Together we will ensure the detection and the prevention of provocation by third parties and violations of the agreement". "But let's not create an excuse and take a step like bombing there".

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