Erdogan will visit Russian Federation with working visit

Panos Moumtzis U.N. humanitarian coordinator on the Syria crisis attends a news conference in Geneva

UN chief pushes for protection of civilians in Syria's Idlib

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday in another bid to avert a looming Syrian government assault on the rebel-held province of Idlib bordering Turkey that has sparked global concern.

It said that this support aims to "use military force against the Nusra Front if it rejected to dissolve itself and leave the areas of moderate rebels", without specifying the new destination for those militants.

"There will be no solution in Syria without Assad's fall", read another banner carried in the northern village of Mhambel.

Germany has demanded Russian Federation use its influence over Syrian President Assad to avert a humanitarian catastrophe.

Activists had said that the Nusra Front, otherwise known as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Arabic for the Levant Liberation Committee (LLC), rounded up and killed tens of the reconciliation advocates in Idlib.

The province, population 3 million, is now the final shelter for close to 1.5 million displaced Syrians that fled fighting in other parts of Syria.

Throughout the seven-year war, which has claimed more than 350,000 lives, Syrian regime forces have repeatedly been accused of targeting rebel-held areas with chemical attacks - mostly with chlorine but also with deadly sarin nerve gas. But the strikes eased on Wednesday amid talks between the opposition's main regional sponsor Turkey, and Russian Federation and Turkey.

President Tayyip Erdogan has warned that an assault by the army and its Russian and Iran-backed allies on Idlib, home to around 3 million people, will uproot hundreds of thousands in one of Syria's last rebel strongholds. "We will continue our efforts on worldwide platforms as well", he said.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlu Cavusoglu had said earlier that Erdogan and Putin would hold talks on the crisis in Syria on Monday.

Turkey has warned strongly against military action, saying it would trigger a humanitarian catastrophe.

The state-run Anadolu Agency reported late Thursday that commando units as well as howitzers, tanks, armoured personnel carriers and heavy work machines were sent to the town of Reyhanli in Hatay province as reinforcements.

That marks a hike of almost 10,000 people from the figure provided by the United Nations on Monday.

Save The Children said in a statement that it will continue to support extensive humanitarian programs through Syrian partner organizations in the country's northwest.

Underground hospitals were crucial during World War II to protect patients and medical workers from bombardments.

The most pressing issue on the table is the avoidance of the looming Syrian offensive in Idlib.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attends a news conference in Ankara, Turkey, August 14, 2018.

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