Turkish envoy to UN Sinirlioğlu calls for complete ceasefire in Idlib

Turkey's permanent representative to the United Nations, Feridun Sinirlioğlu called for a complete ceasefire in Syria's Idlib and he cessation of all military operations against the city on Tuesday.

The Syrian regime and its supporters have disclosed plans to undertake a major military offensive in areas of Idlib, which is the last major stronghold of the opposition.

The United Nations warned last week that an operation would lead to the "worst humanitarian catastrophe in the 21st century."

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests, which erupted as part of the Arab Spring uprisings, with unexpected ferocity. Since then, more than a quarter of a million people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced across the war-battered country, according to United Nations figures.

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