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U.S. State Department demanding from Russia to stop air strikes on Syria

Officials recall that any escalation of violence in northwestern Syria will lead to destabilization of the entire region
17:21, 1 May 2019

The Telegraph

The U.S. is worried because of the escalation of violence in Syrian Idlib and northern Hama. This is stated in a message by the U.S. State Department.

"The air strikes of Russia and the Assad regime, the ongoing attacks by Hyat Tahrir al-Sham and other groups associated with al-Qaeda in Syria, continue to destabilize the region, worsen the already disastrous humanitarian situation, leading to dozens of deaths and injuries of civilians, many of whom are children," said in a statement.

A State Department spokesman adds that civilian infrastructure suffers as a result of air strikes and attacks, including housing, hospitals, and settlements of internally displaced persons who were forced to leave their homes because of the fighting.

"Russia and the regime (of Assad - ed.) are also continuing rough military attacks on humanitarian workers, such as White Helmet volunteers, while they are trying to save victims in the communities that are being attacked," he adds and notes that "violence must be stopped ".

The U.S. State Department recalls that any escalation of violence in northwestern Syria will destabilize the entire region.

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Earlier U.S. President Donald Trump announced the final defeat of the Islamic State militants in Syria, reports Reuters.

"Trump has said Islamic State no longer holds territory several times over the past few weeks. But U.S. officials told Reuters that fighting still continued late into Thursday between U.S.-backed forces and Islamic State militants in the last remaining territory it holds," the report said.

As reported, Acting Defense Minister Patrick Shanahan said to President Donald Trump that the territory of Syria was freed from the control of the Islamic State militants.

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