The United States called for a new ceasefire in Syria as rival forces clashed in the country’s northwest.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launched his assault late last month, saying rebels had breached an existing ceasefire, triggering a civilian exodus by bombarding Idlib and adjacent areas. 

Washington said it had seen signs that Assad may be using chemical weapons, including an alleged chlorine attack, in the latest offensive and warned that it would respond “quickly and appropriately” if this were proven. Assad has denied such allegations throughout the war.

The Syrian government says it is responding to attacks by al Qaeda-linked militants.

U.S. calls for ceasefire as heavy fighting hits northwest Syria


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