Syrian engineers begin building underground hospitals

The zone will go into effect in mid-October, Putin said.

The UK-based watchdog group said the missiles were among the weapon shipment that entered Idlib over the past couple of days amid the absence of Russian and Syrian airstrikes.

Turkey is working with all parties to try to avert an assault and possible bloodbath in Idlib. "But together with Russian Federation, we will put our efforts into clearing those territories of radical elements", he said, referring to Al Qaeda-linked extremists in Idlib.

He said the nature of the demilitarized zone and how it would be implemented are not yet clear. Many say they will not return to regime-ruled areas.

For Russia, foreign fighters in Idlib are a big concern.

"We will prevent a humanitarian tragedy which could happen as a result of military action", Erdogan said after the talks. You have the Russians and Iranians in there supporting the regime.


For the past two years, Idlib saw an influx of an estimated 20,000 rebel fighters from around the country after their losses to government troops and surrender deals negotiated with Russian Federation and Damascus following devastating sieges. The city is home to roughly 60,000 rebel fighters and about 3 million civilians.

Turkey has been eager to prevent an assault by Syrian government troops in the province.

Numerous 3 million in Idlib have already been displaced from other parts of Syria following the collapse of the opposition resistance in cities such as Aleppo.

Washington, which has been largely absent from efforts to resolve the conflict, warned last week that Russian Federation would be to blame if Syria caused mass civilian suffering in Idlib.

In what appears to a breakthrough solution, Putin and Erdogan have agreed to ensure peace with the help of Russian and Turkish troops.

He failed to persuade Russian Federation and Iran to agree to a cease-fire at a summit in Tehran on September 7.


"The situation in Idlib has been calm for three days".

Asked whether Assad agreed with the Putin-Erdogan plan, Shoigu told reporters in Sochi that "in the coming hours, we will agree with them on all the positions put forth in this document".

On Aug. 24, 2016, units of the Turkish Armed Forces began the Operation Euphrates Shield against the "Islamic State" and with the support of the Syrian opposition liberated the border town of Jarablus in northern Syria, as well as al-Bab.

But Turkey, which maintains 12 observation posts in Idlib, has avoided a direct confrontation with the extremists, many of which belong to a former al-Qaeda affiliate, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. "It's not enough that they just change uniforms. Our relations are also improving in terms of regional security", Putin added.

Brandishing roses and wearing white coats and blue surgical uniforms, the demonstrators gathered in front of the hospital in Atme, near the border with Turkey, an AFP correspondent reported.

Erdogan called for a "comprehensive worldwide counterterrorism operation" to rid Idlib of hard-liners in an editorial printed by The Wall Street Journal last week. Innocent people must not be sacrificed in the name of fighting terrorism.


Danura stressed that the Syrian government will not accept to live with "terrorists" in Idlib, noting that the situation there can not move on like this for a long time.

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