UN calls for civil protection in northwestern Syria

UN (UNITED STATES): United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres Insisted On The Warring Parties Syria 's northwest, where the Syria n government and its ally Russia have stepped up bombardments, to protect civilians and respect a ceasefire.

The clashes killed 43 fighters and five civilians on Monday alone, according to the Britain-based Syria n Observatory for Human Rights war monitor.

Guterres" Urges All Parties To Maintain International Humanitarian Law And Protect Civilians" Read A Declaration.

He Calls For An Urgent De-escalation Of The Situation As The Holy Month Of Ramadan Begins And Urges Parties To Completely Adhere To The Ceasefire Arrangements Of The Memorandum Signed On September 17, 2018.

Guterres Also Insisted On The Astana Process Guarantees - Iran, Russia And Turkey - To Ensure That These Steps Are Taken.

Idlib province and adjacent territories, including Hama, are dominated by al-Qaida's former Syria n branch, Hayat (HTS).

The UN Statement Reported That Three Health Facilities Were Reportedly Affected By Air Strikes On Sunday - For A Total Of At Least Seven Hits Since April 28.

Nine Schools Have Also Been Affected Since 30 April And Many Schools In The Area Have Closed Their Doors Indefinitely.

Guterres "is following with great concern the intensifying hostilities in the de-escalation area of northwestern Syria involving Syria n government forces and their allies, armed opposition forces and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham," the statement read.

He Has Been Alarmed By Reports Of Air Strikes On Population Centers And Civil Infrastructure, Resulting In Hundreds Of Civilian Casualties And Wounded And Over 150,000 New Displaced Persons.

More than 370,000 people have died in the Syria n conflict, which began in 2011 during a crackdown on pro-democracy protests.