U.S. and Russian military in armored vehicles patrol the outskirts of Tal Tamr town, along the M4 highway in northeastern Syrian Hasakeh province, near the border with Turkey, Saturday, February 22.
READ MORE: U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Friday for an immediate cease-fire in Syria’s northwestern region of Idlib to end a humanitarian crisis “and avoid an uncontrollable escalation” in the area.
Guterres told reporters in New York that Russian-supported Syrian military campaigns waged in the area for nearly a year had been compounded by “repeated deadly clashes between Turkish and Syrian government forces.”
U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock told the Security Council Wednesday that hundreds of thousands of people fleeing the Russian-backed offensive were being packed into increasingly smaller areas near Turkey’s border “under horrendous conditions,” a scenario confirmed Friday by Guterres.
“Nearly 900,000 people — the vast majority women and children — have fled in the latest fighting under the most tragic circumstances,” Guterres said. "Hundreds have been killed. Many have been uprooted multiple times. Young children are freezing to death.”