Turkey sends humanitarian aid to Syria's Idlib as attacks intensify

Turkey has sent some 45 trucks loaded with humanitarian aid to Syria's last rebel-held enclave of Idlib after Syrian government intensified attacks in the province, London based daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported on Sunday.

"The latest relief is part of a humanitarian campaign recently launched by Turkish organizations headed by the Humanitarian Relief Organization (İHH), the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) and others," Al-Awsat said.

Civilians from Idlib have been fleeing to areas near the Turkish border after the Syrian government and its allies increased airstrikes and shelling.

Idlib has been tightly packed with more than 3 million inhabitants, a large part of whom are civilians that fled from fighting elsewhere in the country and thousands of rebels who took refuge in the last province that is still holding out against government forces.

Turkey and Russia signed an agreement to prevent an attack on Idlib in September 2018, setting the condition that Turkey must clear extremist groups from the province.

But the Syrian regime and Russia resumed their assault on the province last April, saying the agreement had been broken by the continuing presence of extremists.

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