Residents of the Idlib province flee toward the Syrian Turkish border on September 10, 2018. Government and allied forces have been massing around the northwestern province of Idlib. / AFP / OMAR HAJ KADOUR
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Violence in northwest Syria has displaced more than 30,000 people this month alone, the United Nations said Monday, warning that a looming assault could create the century's "worst humanitarian catastrophe".Idlib province and adjacent rural areas form the largest piece of territory still held by Syria's beleaguered rebels, worn down by a succession of government victories in recent months. That has prompted an estimated 30,452 people to be displaced within Idlib and parts of adjacent Hama province between September 1 and 9, the U.N.'s humanitarian coordination agency (OCHA) said Monday.The U.N. has said as many as 800,000 people could be displaced by a regime assault on Idlib and surrounding areas.Syria's conflict has killed more than 350,000 people and forced millions more out of their homes, but the U.N. has warned a full-blown attack on Idlib could bring unprecedented suffering.
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