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The state media cited a military source as saying there was no "Israeli aggression" directed at the Mezzeh airbase near Damascus, after the sound of explosions was heard across the Syrian capital. The attack killed a top military scientist.

So far, a decision to take action has not been made, but one administration official with direct knowledge of the situation told CNN the military "could respond very quickly" if Syria launched a chemical weapons attack.

The aftermath of an airstrike near Jisr a-Shughour on Tuesday. The Russian defense ministry also did not immediately comment.

Seized from government forces in 2015, Idlib and adjacent areas form the last major chunk of territory still in rebel hands. Those strikes were likely carried out by the Syrian government or its allies, which are preparing for a major offensive. The Observatory said 13 people were killed.

Syrian rebel fighters prepare for an upcoming government offensive, in the countryside of the rebel-held northern Idlib province, on September 3, 2018. The U.S.is now the president of the council, the U.N.'s top decision-making body.

Speaking to university students in Moscow, Lavrov said the Syrian regime, Russia's ally, had every right to wipe out militants in northern Idlib, Interfax news agency reported. When he was in Russian Federation in late August, Cavusoglu said "we have to differentiate terrorists from other people", but added that it was also important to eliminate Russia's concerns.

Idlib is adjacent to Latakia province, the coastal heartland of Assad's Alawite minority and home to the Russian military airport of Hmeimim.

The presidents of the three countries are due to meet in Tehran on Friday to discuss the conflict. It was not clear which reports he was referring to.




He called for humanitarian corridors to be set up to allow civilians to be evacuated temporarily.

Idlib and the surrounding area is home to some three million people - almost half of them already displaced a couple of times by the civil war.

It also said talks were under way to establish a humanitarian corridor for civilians to leave Idlib.

The US earlier stated that it would "retaliate" to any chemical attacks by the Syrian government, using more firepower than it did back in April.

The U.S. has twice struck Syrian military installations in response to alleged poison gas attacks.

Donald Trump has warned Syrian president Bashar Assad and his allies against a "reckless attack" on Idlib province.

Russian warplanes in Syria bombed the country's final rebel stronghold Tuesday, a monitoring group said, ending a weeks-long period of uneasy calm there and raising fears that an all-out offensive would follow.

"We know that the Syrian armed forces are getting ready to solve this problem", President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday, calling Idlib a "pocket of terrorism".

Britain, France and the US, which together launched limited attacks on Syrian installations in mid-April in retaliation for an alleged Syrian chemical attack, say their red line against illegal weapon use remains in force.

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