UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said the situation in Idlib was ‘deeply distressing’ [File: Denis Balibouse/Reuters]

United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has called for an immediate end to hostilities in Idlib, saying that the latest Syrian ceasefire has “yet again failed to protect civilians”.

“It is deeply distressing that civilians are still being killed on a daily basis in missile strikes from both the air and ground,” Bachelet said in a statement on Friday addressing the ceasefire, which was due to be implemented nearly a week ago.

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Some 350,000 Syrians, mostly women and children, have fled a renewed Russian-backed offensive in the opposition-held Idlib province since early December and have sought shelter in border areas near Turkey, the UN

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