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Russia and Iran keen to avoid bloodbath in Syria's Idlib - UN

Reuters Last Updated at 09 Aug 2018, 16:08 IST Iran Islamic Rep., Russian Federation, Turkey

Russia, Iran, and Turkey told a meeting of the Syria humanitarian taskforce on Thursday that they would do their utmost to avoid a battle that would threaten millions of civilians in rebel-held Idlib, U.N. humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said.

He estimated that there were 4 million or more people in the potential battleground in northwest Syria and he hoped diplomats and military envoys could reach a deal to avoid a "bloodbath".

But he said the U.N. was making preparations for a battle and would ask Turkey to keep its borders open to allow civilians to flee if the need arose.

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