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Heiko Maas calls for end of attacks on Idlib | TIME ONLINE

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Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has an immediate ceasefire in
the contested rebel stronghold Idlib in northwestern Syria.
"The humanitarian situation in Idlib is already catastrophic and
is intensified by the fighting, "said the SPD politician
the newspapers of the Funke media group. "Tens of thousands are on the run,
 under the most difficult conditions, in the middle of winter. It takes one
immediate end to the attacks and a permanent ceasefire. "

However, they could
two million people who are acutely dependent on humanitarian aid
are not waiting for a political solution, emphasized Maas. Therefore
Germany is providing another seven million euros for a UN program for
 cross-border humanitarian aid ready for Syria.

A
Extension of the aid program beyond January 10, 2020
recently failed due to the veto of Russia and China in the UN Security Council.
 According to the Funke media group, Germany is worth almost 27 million euros
current largest UK contributor to the program this year.
Maas called for the resolution to be extended, that was the only way
to continue to provide vital help.

A quarter of a million refugees in two weeks

According to the
United Nations are more than 235,000 in the past two weeks
People fled Idlib
, The people
were mainly driven south of the city of Idlib. Despite a truce actually in force
 Syrian government forces, with Russian support, have massively increased their attacks on the province since early December.

Syria – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warns EU of the influx of refugees
The Turkish government estimates 80,000 refugees from the contested province of Idlib. The EU must support Turkey in its admission, Erdoğan said.
© Photo: ABRICE COFFRINI / AFP / Getty Images

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan faced a new one in the face of heavy attacks
Refugee crowds warned towards Europe. The military operation against
Rebels in Idlib province had already started in April.

Idlib as well as parts of the
adjacent provinces of Hama, Aleppo and Latakia are from the previous one
Al-Qaeda subsidiary HTS and other Islamist militias controlled.
The Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad is committed to the region
to get back under his control.

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