Middle East U.N. fears chemical weapons in Syria battle with ‘10,000 terrorists’

U.N. fears chemical weapons in Syria battle with ‘10,000 terrorists’

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U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura

 The United Nations called on Russia, Iran and Turkey on Thursday to forestall a battle in Syria’s Idlib province which would affect millions of civilians and could see both sides using chlorine as a chemical weapon.

U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura told reporters that there was a high concentration of foreign fighters in Idlib, including an estimated 10,000 terrorists, but it would be better to set up humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians than rush into a battle which could turn prove to be a “perfect storm”.