UN chief calls for Idlib ceasefire after 'alarming' escalation

New York (dpa) - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres calls for an immediate ceasefire in the Syrian opposition's stronghold of Idlib "before the situation gets entirely out of control."

He describes the deadly attacks that threatened to bring Turkey and Russia to the brink of conflict as "one of the most alarming moments across the duration of the Syrian conflict."
"Without urgent action, the risk of even greater escalation grows by the hour, and as always civilians are paying the gravest price," Guterres tells reporters in New York.
The United Nations chief reiterates his appeal for civilian protection and says he has one simple message to those involved: "Step back from the edge of escalation."

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