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EU condemns northwest Syria offensive

AFP
Brussels
The European Union on Thursday condemned renewed fighting around a rebel stronghold in northwest Syria, demanding an end to “unacceptable” air strikes that have killed civilians.
The regime of President Bashar al-Assad, backed by Russia, is tightening the noose around Idlib with air strikes killing at least 23 civilians on Tuesday.
“The renewal of the offensive in Idlib, including repeated airstrikes and shelling targeting civilians are unacceptable and must cease,” an EU spokesman said in a statement. “The EU will keep the sanctions against the Assad regime under review as long as these brutal attacks continue.”
Most of Idlib and parts of Aleppo province are still controlled by factions opposed to Assad.
The Damascus regime, which controls around 70 percent of the country after nearly nine years of war, has repeatedly vowed to recapture the region.
Idlib hosts at least three million people, many of whom have fled other parts of the country and are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.