Russian Federation resumes Idlib air strikes



U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday warned Syria against launching an attack on the country's last rebel stronghold with the help of Russian Federation and Iran, saying the offensive could trigger a "human tragedy".

"President Bashar al-Assad of Syria must not recklessly attack Idlib Province", Trump wrote on Twitter. "Don't let that happen!" he tweeted.

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, wrote on Twitter late on Monday: "All eyes on the actions of Assad, Russia, and Iran in Idlib".

"No doubt one needs to deal with this problem".

A New York Times report warning of an impending bloodbath in Idlib downplays the fact that the Syrian province is controlled by Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists, portraying the "rebels" as humanitarian-minded administrators.

Meanwhile, Syria's Prime Minister Imad Khamis said during his meeting with Zarif that Damascus will continue to cooperate with friendly countries to reconstruct Syria, especially "Iran and Russian Federation and the private sectors in these countries".

It accuses rebels in Idlib of attacking Hmeimim with weaponised drones and insists jihadists in the province must be eliminated.

"Russian warplanes resumed bombing Idlib province after a 22-day pause", said Rami Abdel Rahman, who heads the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Late last month, the Russian military announced that two of its warships had been deployed to Syria's Mediterranean coast-joining three other ships recently spotted heading there, according to Reuters.

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A coalition spokesman told AFP the Al-Tanf base "received fire from unknown forces, with no damage and the coalition forces did not fire back".

Peskov also said the situation in and around Idlib Province will be a main item on the agenda when President Vladimir Putin meets in Tehran on September 7 with the leaders Iran and Turkey.

Prior to his meeting with Assad, Zarif reportedly said that armed groups must be "cleaned out" of Idlib.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif arrived in Damascus on Monday, and told reporters he hoped that events in Idlib went the same as operations in the past.

On Sunday an attack was reported in Syria near the Al-Maza military airport in Damascus, which was attributed to Israel.

After more than seven years of fighting, more than 400,000 people are dead or missing, and more than half the population have been driven out of their homes.

The Kremlin waved off Mr Trump's warning on Tuesday, calling the enclave a "nest of terrorism".

Thousands of government troops and allied fighters have been massing in areas surrounding the province.

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