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Russia to brief UN Security Council on Syria's Idlib

AFP  |  United Nations 

will brief the Security Council on Tuesday about the results of the summit it held with and on the fate of Syria's province, diplomats said.

The council will meet at Russia's request at 11:00 am (2030 IST) to hear the briefing as Syrian forces, backed by and Iran, are preparing for an all-out military assault on the rebel-held province.

The has warned of a major humanitarian catastrophe if the offensive takes place in the enclave where some three million people live -- about half of whom have already been displaced in the seven-year war.

On Friday, the presidents of Iran, and failed to agree during the summit on how to stave off military action on the northwestern province.

At a council meeting also on Friday, Russian defended the military plans for Idlib, saying armed groups linked to were "a legitimate target for liquidation."

Britain, and the fear mass casualties among civilians during the assault on Syria's last major rebel bastion.

The to the said in an email seen by AFP that the public meeting would serve to "brief council members on the results" of the summit of the so-called guarantors.

The three countries last year set up the process, a negotiating track to end Syria's war that has largely eclipsed the UN-led peace process.

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First Published: Tue, September 11 2018. 02:25 IST