The UK strongly condemns the recent escalation of airstrikes and violence in Idleb governorate, where multiple and sustained airstrikes by pro-regime forces have killed scores of civilians. We are appalled by reports of airstrikes by pro-regime forces indiscriminately targeting medical facilities in the area and reports of use of chemical weapons. We are gravely concerned that the intensification of hostilities has reportedly displaced approximately 270,000 people within Idleb since 15 December 2017. UK officials raised our concerns regarding the situation at the weekly International Syria Support Group Humanitarian and Ceasefire Taskforces in Geneva, of which Russia, Turkey, Iran and the United States are all members, on 1 February. The UK’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York also raised our concerns in the UN Security Council on 5 February. I issued statements on 16 January and 2 February calling for these attacks to stop and for the Asad regime to allow immediate, safe and unhindered access for humanitarian assistance.