US President Donald Trump on Thursday warned Russia, Syria, and Iran against violence in Idlib province of northwestern Syria, the stronghold of Syrian rebels.
"Russia, Syria, and Iran are killing, or on their way to killing, thousands of innocent civilians in Idlib Province. Don't do it!" Trump tweeted in the morning.
Trump added in his tweet that "Turkey is working hard to stop this carnage," without providing further details.
Forces loyal to the Syrian government, backed by Russian airstrikes, have launched a fresh round of fierce offensives in Idlib to capture the last rebels' stronghold in the war-torn country.
The Syrian army said in a statement on Tuesday that it will continue the military operation until "liberating" Idlib Province from "terrorists," state news agency SANA reported.
The statement urged civilians in Idlib to stay away from the rebel positions, noting that the army will "liberate" Idlib while preserving the lives of the civilians.
About 110,000 civilians have so far fled their homes in the southern countryside of Syria's Idlib Province as a result of a military showdown there, a war monitor reported Thursday.
Turkish presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin said Tuesday evening that Ankara asked Moscow to establish a cease-fire in Idlib after the region has seen an uptick of violence in recent days.
Turkey and Russia agreed in September 2018 to turn parts of Idlib into a de-escalation zone in which acts of aggression are prohibited.
However, such deals exclude the ultra-radical rebels who are affiliated with the al-Qaida and branded as terrorist groups by the United Nations.
Idlib hosts some 3 million people including many displaced by years of violence in other parts of Syria.
Italy's Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti has resigned after barely four months in office, saying the government has failed to adequately finance the country's public education system, the politician announced on Facebook on Thursday.
"The government should have had more courage in order to guarantee a financial basis... in such a crucial sector as university and research funding," Fioramonti, who is from the Five Star Movement and was named as education minister in September, explained in his post.
"It seems resources for the school and research system can never be found, while hundreds of millions of euros destined for other uses are recovered in a matter of hours when the political will is there," he claimed.
"I accepted the post with the sole objective of radically reversing the tendency that for decades has placed Italian education and research at a condition of significant disadvantage," continued Fioramonti.
"Without adequate resources, it is impossible even to staunch the emergencies that afflict the public school and university system," he wrote.
Fioramonti said publicly soon after taking office four months ago that Italy's education system needs "investments of 3 billion euros (about 3.3 billion U.S. dollars) in the 2020 budget: 2 billion for the school system and one billion for research. If they are not there, I will resign."
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi reiterated on Thursday Egypt's rejection of all forms of foreign intervention in the domestic affairs of neighboring conflict-stricken Libya.
Sisi made the remarks in a phone call with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, during which they discussed various regional issues including the situation in Libya, said Egyptian presidential spokesman Bassam Rady in a statement.
"President Sisi asserted Egypt's fixed position that supports stability and security in Libya and the activation of the will of the Libyan people," Rady said.
Sisi also expressed Egypt's support for "the efforts of the Libyan National Army (LNA) in fighting terrorism and obliterating terrorist organizations that pose a threat not only to Libya but also to regional security and the security of the Mediterranean region."
For his part, Conte underlined Italy's keenness on reaching a settlement of the current crisis in Libya and restoring stability in Libya as well as the strength and efficiency of its institutions.
Sisi and Conte "agreed on intensifying joint efforts in this regard," Rady added.
Since the ouster and killing of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has been locked in a civil war that escalated in 2014, splitting power between two rival governments: the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) based in the capital Tripoli and another in the northeastern city of Tobruk which is allied with the self-proclaimed LNA led by Khalifa Haftar.
Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, France and Russia support Haftar's LNA, while the GNA is backed by Egypt's regional rivals, Turkey and Qatar, in addition to Italy.
Haftar's forces have been launching a military offensive in an attempt to take over Tripoli since April.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed security issues related to Iran and Syria on Thursday, Israeli officials said.
In a phone call, the two talked about the Iranian presence in Syria, Israel's northern neighbor, according to a statement issued by the Israeli Prime Minister's office.
Netanyahu also asked Putin to act for the release of Naama Issachar, an Israeli woman imprisoned in Russia for drugs found in her luggage during transit through a Moscow airport.
Israel and Iran have been engaged in an ongoing shadow war in Syria, with Israel carrying out airstrikes in Syria against Iranian targets and weapons convoy to Hezbollah.
The Tunisian presidency denied on Thursday that the North African country is involved in any alliance with any party in Libya.
"Tunisia will not accept to be a member of any alliance," the presidential statement said.
"The head of state is determined to preserve Tunisia's sovereignty, independence and free decision, and this cannot in any case be the subject of any debate," it said.
The presidency stressed that false statements, interpretations and allegations that emerged since Wednesday were either due to misunderstanding and misjudgment, or from the same sources carrying out defamation campaigns.
"These lies and smear campaigns can in no way divert the attention of the Tunisian people to their real problems, particularly economic and social ones," said the presidency.
Interior Minister of the UN-backed government of Libya Fathi Bashagha on Thursday said that a Turkish-Tunisian-Algerian alliance was formed to support the Government of National Accord in Tripoli.