On Wednesday, residents of Idlib received leaflets dropped from government planes warning of the upcoming offensive on the region. The Northwestern province has long been a relative safe haven for rebel fighters and refugees displaced by conflict in other parts of the country over the course of the seven-year civil war
. Fighting has devastated every other region, with Idlib the last one standing as the civil war winds to a violent close
Officials from the World Health Organization estimate that anywhere between 250,000 and 700,000 refugees could result from the upcoming attack
, placing the total number of projected refugees above the 6 million mark.