Save the Children Condemns Fatal School Bombing in Northern Syria

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JORDAN (Dec. 11, 2015) — Save the Children condemns in the strongest possible terms an aerial attack this week which killed two teachers at a school it supports near Aleppo in northern Syria.

Around 250 pupils were leaving the school building when a missile landed less than 200 feet away, killing two female teachers. A toddler, whose sister attended the school, was also killed while at home nearby, along with two men. Three other children were injured. Two nearby buildings were completely destroyed and four others badly damaged.

"Bombing near a school is utterly outrageous, but it is becoming the norm in Syria where all parties to the conflict show complete disregard for the safety and sanctity of school buildings," says Martha Myers, Country Director of Save the Children in Syria.

"This is yet one more example of the continuous, indiscriminate attacks on Syrian civilians that kill, maim and drive people from their homes and across international borders. Our sympathies and condolences are with the families of those killed in this terrible attack. The teachers and pupils at this school represent the very best of Syria, working together for a better future."

A surge in fighting and bombing in northern Syria over the past week has forced thousands of people to flee, exacerbating an already grave humanitarian crisis and making it more dangerous than ever to deliver vital aid.

Schools in Syria are being indiscriminately bombed and destroyed. Research by Save the Children earlier this year found that more than half of all attacks on schools worldwide in the past four years have been in Syria, and up to 2.4 million Syrian children are now unable to attend school.

In some of the worst affected parts of Aleppo, school enrollment has dropped to as low as six per cent.

The school has since suspended classes as a result of the attack.

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