French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday condemned the recent developments in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province as a “humanitarian scandal”. 

Speaking at a joint news conference along with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte following a summit in the Italian city of Napoli, Macron said: “The attacks by [Bashar al-] Assad and his supporters are not fight against terrorism but a humanitarian scandal.”

He said the violations of the international humanitarian law and attacks against civilians are unacceptable.

In September 2018, Turkey and Russia agreed to turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.


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