UN told that situation could be as lethal as sieges of Aleppo and eastern Goutha combined

A new Syrian government offensive to recapture rebel territory in the south-west of the country is endangering the fragile peace process and could provoke a humanitarian crisis worse than that which followed the siege of Aleppo, a senior UN official has warned.

Staffan de Mistura, the special envoy for Syria, told the UN’s security council the attack by Syrian armed forces, backed by Iranian militia, would put more than 750,000 lives at risk. He said more than 45,000 people had already been displaced.

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