UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura asks for humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians
The UN special envoy for Syria has offered to travel to the country’s last opposition stronghold in the north of the country in an attempt to negotiate a ceasefire.
Staffan de Mistura called for all sides to allow time for humanitarian corridors to be set up, amid signs that the Syrian army of President Bashar al-Assad, backed by the Russian air force, is preparing to mount a major attack on Idlib. Mistura wants to avert an assault that could lead to death and destruction on the scale that that saw thousands killed in Aleppo last year.
(March 1, 2011)