September 18, 2018 / 11:13 AM / a month ago

EU demands humanitarian protection under Idlib deal

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A Russian-Turkish deal on Syria’s rebel-held Idlib region must protect civilians and allow aid access, the European Union said on Tuesday.

A wall along the border between Turkey and Syria is pictured at the Syrian town of Atimah, Idlib province, in this picture taken from Reyhanli, Hatay province, Turkey October 10, 2017. REUTERS/Osman Orsal/Files

“We expect that the agreement which was ... reached yesterday by the Russian and Turkish presidents will guarantee the protection of civilian lives and infrastructure as well as guarantee the unhindered and sustainable humanitarian access,” and EU spokeswoman told a regular news briefing.

Under the agreement announced on Monday, Russian and Turkish troops are to enforce a new demilitarised zone in the Idlib region from which “radical” rebels will be required to withdraw by the middle of next month.

Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis, Alissa de Carbonnel, writing by Robin Emmott; Editing by Alastair Macdonald

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