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The statement also said Security Council members discussed the situation in Syria's northwestern Idlib province which falls within a de-escalation zone laid out in a deal between Turkey and Russian Federation in late 2018.

Syrian and Russian forces have intensified their bombardment of targets in Idlib, the last significant rebel pocket of Syrian resistance, and President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to recapture it. Turkey is pushing for a new ceasefire.

"If the violence towards the people of Idlib does not stop, this number will increase even more".

While the fighting is still ongoing in Idlib, Ankara announced that a Turkish delegation will visit Moscow on Monday to discuss the situation in Idlib, at a time when Turkey talked about the arrival of thousands of refugees on its lands during the past days.

'We are closely following the process for an end to the attacks, and these attacks should come to an end immediately and implemented under a new ceasefire, ' he said. A ground offensive that began last week has displaced more people and government forces have captured more than 40 villages and hamlets, according to the Syrian army and opposition activists.

'This is our main expectation from the Russian side.

A ceasefire negotiated by Russian Federation, whose military campaign in support of Mr Assad has turned the tide of the eight-year civil war in his favour, and Turkey, which backs the opposition, halted a government assault on Idlib in August.

Since Thursday, regime forces have taken control of dozens of towns and villages in southern Idlib following battles with jihadists.

The rapid field developments in the Idlib Governorate, northwest of Syria, confirm that Moscow dropped from its calculations the Sochi understanding it had concluded with Ankara about Idlib and its surrounding area, previous year and that it is continuing the military option in this region.

Most of the displaced civilians are moving to cities and refugee camps in northern areas of Idlib and neighbouring Aleppo province.

Idlib province is dominated by al Qaeda-linked militants.

Regime forces are now less than two miles from the strategic city of Maaret al-Numa, war monitors say.

Few in the German government want to see a repeat of that year's migrant crisis, when Germany had to open its doors to over a million people, most seeking refuge from the Syrian conflict. Many have been heading toward the Turkish border for safety.

Several months later he announced he would withdraw USA troops from north-eastern Syria. Ankara regards the Kurdish militia as terrorists.

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