Refugees International is deeply concerned by indications that the Assad regime and its international partners are preparing to launch a major military operation to capture Idlib province. Idlib is the largest remaining area not under government control in Syria. It is also home to up to three million civilians – almost half of whom have sought refuge in Idlib or were evacuated there to escape advances by Syrian government forces elsewhere in the country. An offensive in Idlib would likely result in a humanitarian catastrophe.
Refugees International therefore calls on Turkey to urgently open its border for Syrians seeking protection – and on the international community to provide all necessary support to it in doing so – to help avoid the mass slaughter of civilians. We also call on the governments of Syria and Russia to refrain from launching a large-scale military offensive in Idlib.