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Syria’s Idlib province at risk of ‘humanitarian catastrophe’: UN chief

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Wednesday that full-scale military operations in Syria’s Idlib province could lead to a “humanitarian catastrophe” and cautioned against the use of chemical weapons.

Guterres’s warning came amid fears the Syrian government is mobilizing for a military offensive to retake Idlib, the last province still held by the country's beleaguered rebels.

“The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the growing risks of a humanitarian catastrophe in the event of a full-scale military operation in Idlib province in Syria,” a UN statement said.

“The Secretary-General once again reaffirms that any use of chemical weapons is totally unacceptable.”