Bolton threatens 'much stronger' attack on Syria

Intense air raids reported on edge of Syria's rebel-held Idlib

Ceasefire talks fail as airstrikes target last rebel-held region in Syria

On Sunday, government forces bombed the village of Hobeit in Idlib province, killing an infant girl and wounding several other civilians, the Syrian Civil Defence search-and-rescue group said.

According to the United Nations, violence in Syria's northwest has displaced more than 30,000 people this month alone, warning that a looming assault could create the century's "worst humanitarian catastrophe".

More than half of Idlib is held by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), an alliance led by Syria's former Al-Qaeda affiliate, while most of the rest is held by rival rebels.

In another show of force, the Pentagon launched a surprise exercise in southern Syria on Friday after Russian Federation threatened military action in an area of Syria where USA troops are located.

The three countries had failed to reach an agreement for a ceasefire, however, prompting Sweden and other nations to again warn of a "humanitarian catastrophe" should the Syria government, backed by Russian Federation, wage a military offensive on Idlib, where millions are at risk.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights described the airstrikes as the "most intense" since August when government forces began targeting the southern edge of Idlib province.

Saoud said years of war had already forced them to flee many times before, first from their hometown in Hama province, then to live as refugees in neighboring Jordan.

"Russia is reminding Turkey it needs to stay in Russia's good graces if Turkey wants to avoid a painful catastrophe in northwest Syria", said the researcher at the Center for New American Security.

"President Bashar al-Assad of Syria must not recklessly attack Idlib Province".

Turkey, fearing an influx of refugees in the event of a major assault, has repeatedly warned against a "massacre" in this last stronghold of the Syrian opposition.

That has prompted an estimated 30,452 people to be displaced within Idlib and parts of adjacent Hama province between September 1 and 9, the UN's humanitarian coordination agency (OCHA) said Monday.

The leaders of regime allies Russian Federation and Iran met with the president of rebel backer Turkey in Tehran on Friday, but failed to reach an agreement to avoid a military assault.

"The United States followed through when we said that we would respond to the use of chemical weapons".

The group also said the airstrikes caused a limited amount of internal displacement, uprooting almost 700 families from their homes in several parts of Idlib.

In an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal on Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the worldwide community to take action and said that an offensive on Idlib province would result in "serious humanitarian risks for Turkey, the rest of Europe and beyond".

It said at least four civilians were killed, including two children and a woman, majority in Abdeen, a village west Khan of Sheikhoun.

"If Assad, Russia and Iran continue down the path they are on, the consequences will be dire", she said.

The civil war has claimed some 350,000 lives since 2011.

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