Maas: situation in Idlib is humanitarian catastrophe

Maas: situation in Idlib is humanitarian catastrophe

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called for a political solution to the Idlib crisis.

According to him, fierce fighting between Russian-backed Syrian government forces and Turkish-backed insurgents is causing a humanitarian crisis in Syria.

The recent attacks on civilians in the war-stricken province where millions have fled intense fighting was a "humanitarian catastrophe" Maas said in an interview with a German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, adding that images coming out of the province had awoke feelings of "anger and frustration" in him.

Maas also said that a solution involving Turkey, Russia and President Bashar al-Assad was necessary to end the war. He added that Germany had made it "very clear" to Russia that it must assert its influence on the Bashar al-Assad regime.

Germany's foreign minister also sees a role for Germany, saying his country is doing everything "to afford contributions to de-escalation," Deutsche Welle reported.

Maas also added his voice to growing concern that the violence would cause a new wave of refugees to flee over the border to Turkey.