Syria: 22 children killed in air strikes on school, says UNICEF

On of the school compounds was "repeatedly attacked," adding that it may be the deadliest attack on a school since the war began more than five years ago.

By: AFP | United Nations | Published:October 27, 2016 8:24 am
Syria, Syria war, Syria unrest, Syria schools air strike, Syria school bombed, air strike 22 children killed school Syria, Syria news, World news, Indian Epress A boy inspects a damaged site after shelling in the rebel held town of Hass, south of Idlib province, Syria October 26, 2016. (Source: Reuters)

Air strikes that hit a school in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province killed 22 children and six teachers, the UN children’s agency UNICEF has said. “This is a tragedy. It is an outrage. And if deliberate, it is a war crime,” UNICEF director Anthony Lake said on Wednesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said “warplanes — either Russia or Syrian — carried out six strikes” in the village of Hass, including on a school complex, killing 11 schoolchildren.

Lake said the school compound was “repeatedly attacked,” adding that it may be the deadliest attack on a school since the war began more than five years ago.

A photograph circulated on social media showed a child’s arm, seared off above the elbow, still clutching the strap of a dusty black rucksack.

“When will the world’s revulsion at such barbarity be matched by insistence that this must stop?” added the UNICEF director.

Asked about the attack, Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin responded: “It’s horrible, horrible. I hope we were not involved.”

“It’s easy for me to say ‘no’ but I’m a responsible person. I need to see what our minister of defense is going to say,” he told reporters.

Syrian government forces and their Russian ally have been accused by Western powers and rights groups of carrying out indiscriminate attacks on civilian infrastructure.

More than 300,000 people have been killed in Syria and over half of the country’s population displaced since the conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests.

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    Arvind Ramanujam
    Oct 27, 2016 at 7:02 am
    Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has been accused of selective reporting, covering only violent acts of the government forces against the opposition for the first two years of its existence and reporting militant anti government fighters in dead civilians tolls, and has been described as being "pro-opposition"
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      mohan
      Oct 28, 2016 at 4:03 am
      The Arab Spring was planned by Obama/Hillary Team of Liberal Socialists. The Indian Spring has failed to take off because of Kejriwal's low IQ. The psychopath drug addict Hillary is suffering from various symptoms like Kleptomania (Corzine disorder), Pseudologia Fantastica (pathological lying), Megalomania (0bama syndrome) and Schizophrenia (McCain syndrome). "We Came, We Saw, He Died" was her reaction when Gaddafi Was Hunted and Ruthlessly murdered by rebels. Better to vote for a cross-e candidate with hiccups, gonorrhea, and Touretts. Not a fun to watch a President shouting out obscenities during the State of the Union address?
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        mohan
        Oct 28, 2016 at 4:03 am
        The crisis started with the spontaneous uprising in the Middle East called Arab Spring. Its instigators and initiators were Hillary/Obama team and heir regional allies like Saudi, Qatar, Turkey and radical Wahhabi Islamist groups. The "Indian Spring" also happened the same time with Kejriwal capturing power in Delhi. Today the Arab nationalism is being replaced with the radical Islam in its most aggressive and medieval form. Libya was an abject failure, judged even by its own standards. Libya has not only failed to evolve into a democracy, it has devolved into a failed state. Violent deaths and other human rights abuses have increased severalfold. Rather than helping the United States combat terrorism, as Qaddafi did during his last decade in power, Libya now serves as a safe haven for militias. The Arab Spring was used as an instrument to overthrow the regimes disliked by Washington and its allies. But Western strategists and politicians have underestimated the situation. According to Trump, "Hillary thought it very easy to overthrow the regime in Syria. But ad turned out to be a lot tougher than she thought"
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