Trump accuses Russia, Syria, Iran of 'bombing the hell' out of Idlib province

Trump accuses Russia, Syria, Iran of 'bombing the hell' out of Idlib province
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE on Sunday accused Russia, Syria and Iran of escalating violence in Syria's Idlib region, calling on those countries to stop carrying out bombings in the province.

"Hearing word that Russia, Syria and, to a lesser extent, Iran, are bombing the hell out of Idlib Province in Syria, and indiscriminately killing many innocent civilians," Trump tweeted Sunday evening. "The World is watching this butchery. What is the purpose, what will it get you? STOP!"

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Asked about the situation as he left the White House to fly to the United Kingdom, Trump reiterated that he was concerned with what's happening in Idlib. 

“I gave people a warning seven months ago, I stopped it," he said. "I don’t like what’s happening. They’re killing indiscriminately many, many civilians. Bad things are happening over there." 

Idlib is the last remaining stronghold for Syrian rebels, and has been at the center of a monthlong campaign by the Syrian government that has resulted in numerous civilian deaths.

Recent government airstrikes, backed by Syrian President Bashar Assad allies in Moscow, have uprooted more than 300,000 people and killed 229 civilians, according to the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations.

The State Department on Tuesday called recent Russian and Syrian government airstrikes in northwest Syria a “reckless escalation” as Assad seeks to oust rebels from the country’s Idlib province.

Turkey and Russia have aligned themselves with Assad's government, while the United States has backed Kurdish forces.

Trump announced late last year that U.S. forces in Syria would be returning home, but the administration has since clarified that a few hundred troops would remain in the region.