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Elected Security Council members urge peace in Syria’s Idlib

UNITED NATIONS — The 10 elected members of the U.N. Security Council are calling for stepped up efforts to find a peaceful solution in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province, where a major government offensive is expected.

The council members issued a joint statement Wednesday expressing deep concern that a full-scale military operation in Idlib will lead to “a humanitarian catastrophe.”

They urged all parties to exercise restraint, make the protection of civilians a priority and ensure that medical and educational facilities are protected.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley is the current council president. She announced that an informal council meeting will be held Friday on Idlib’s deteriorating humanitarian and security situation.

On Tuesday, Haley said the government could take over Syria, but on Wednesday she reversed course, demanding an end to the government’s military campaign.