The Syrian regime’s 2019 Idleb offensive pushed 1,294,558 from their homes in a region of three million people, the Syria Response Coordinators group said Saturday.
The relief group sent a humanitarian plea to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the President of the Security Council, and members of diplomatic missions on the Security Council, urging them to stop the assault on northern Syria.
In the latest round of violence in Syria’s nearly nine-year-long war, Russian-backed forces have upped their deadly bombardment of the northwestern opposition bastion of Idleb in recent weeks.
The United Nations has warned of the growing risk of a humanitarian catastrophe in the Idleb region, which lies along the Turkish border.
The mass movement of people has seen public buildings such as mosques, garages, wedding halls and schools turned into shelters, UN humanitarian agency OCHA says.
Regime ally Russia announced a ceasefire for Idleb in late August after months of deadly Russian and regime bombardments that killed around 1,000 civilians.
But sporadic clashes and bombardments persisted throughout the autumn before a spike in violence in the past month, the Observatory says.
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