The U.N. humanitarian agency's top official for Syria expressed concerns Monday about recent airstrikes in rebel-held Idlib province, warning that "we may have not seen the worst of the crisis" in Syria even after seven years of war.
Panos Moumtzis of U.N. OCHA said military escalation could make Idlib's situation "much more complicated and brutal" than other conflict zones in Syria.
Over the past years, tens of thousands of Syrians have been displaced from other parts of Syria into Idlib that borders Turkey.
The latest waves of opposition fighters and their families came from eastern suburbs of Damascus known as eastern Ghouta, northern parts of Homs province as well as southern neighborhoods of the capital that were recently taken by government forces and their allies.
Moumtzis' comments came three days after an airstrike on the northwestern village of Zardana killed more than 40 people in one of the deadliest attacks in Idlib province this year.
On June 11, activists and a war monitor said at least 10 people were killed in airstrikes in Taftanaz, also in Idlib, while five others were killed in the nearby towns of Binnish, Ariha and Ram Hemdan.
The U.N.'s children's agency, UNICEF, said the attacks on Idlib over the past days have killed 13 children. It added that one million children live in Idlib.