>> The fate of Syria's last remaining rebel held province is still up in the air. The Russian and Turkish presidents and their Iranian counterpart in Tehran Friday, failed to agree on a ceasefire that would forestall a Syrian government offensive, in the rebel-held Idlib Province. A scenario which the United Nations fears could cause a humanitarian catastrophe, involving tens of thousands of civilians.
But the trio agreed in a final statement that there could be no military solution to the conflict, and it could only end through a negotiated political process. But as Syrian government and Russian warplanes mounted airstrikes in Idlib on Friday morning, Russia's Vladimir Putin and Iran's Hassan Rouhani, who backed Syria's leader in the conflict, pushed back against a call for a truce.
Turkey's Tayyip Erdoğan earlier had called for a ceasefire in Idlib.>> Regardless of the reason, any attack on Idlib will culminate in a disaster, massacre, and a major humanitarian tragedy.>>
> The entire 3.5 million civilians in the region will be affected by this.>> Putin said a ceasefire would be pointless, as it would not involve Islamist militant groups it deems terrorists.
Ruhani said Syria must regain control over all it's territory. Meanwhile, Idlib's residents are already preparing for the final major battle. Digging shelters and preparing makeshift gas masks, Turkey's big concern is where they'll go once the fighting starts. Erdogan says his country can't afford to take any more refugees.
The UN estimates any offensive would displace 800,000 people.