By Ata Ufuk Seker

BRUSSELS

The European Union said Thursday that a renewed military offensive by the Syrian regime and its backers in Idlib province was “unacceptable” and called on “all actors to cease hostilities immediately.”

In a statement, the European Council, which defines the EU’s overall political direction and priorities, urged all parties to the conflict to fully respect their obligations under international law “to allow unimpeded and direct humanitarian access to all those in need.”

The bloc reiterated “its calls on all parties to put in place a sustainable ceasefire, guarantee the protection of civilians and fully implement

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