Western security forces have warned the humanitarian crisis in parts of Syria could “outweigh” the situation in Aleppo, as aid workers claim the ceasefire isn’t working.
A classified document, seen by Sky News, says Syrian government forces have “ethnically cleansed swathes of Syria” with help from their partners Russia and Iran.
The grim assessment brings into question the fragile ceasefire in place and raises the possibility that Turkey, a NATO country, could be drawn further into the conflict.
“I think the concern is justified,” said Charles Lister, an expert on Syria for the Middle East Institute in Washington.
“The regime has had a pretty clear strategy backed up by its international supporters to displace it opponents into specific areas, and in particular Idlib.
“We should expect, if this currently existing ceasefire erodes, we should expect a pretty significant…