Save the Children Appalled by Deadly Syria School Attack

Syrian Children's Relief Fund

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (October 27, 2016) — Following yesterday’s deadly attack on a school in Idlib and the ongoing bombing of schools and hospitals in Syria, Nick Finney, Save the Children’s North-West Syria Country Director, said: "Save the Children is appalled by yesterday’s bombing of a school in Idlib, Syria, which reportedly killed 22 children. There is no excuse for bombing a school or other civilian infrastructure like hospitals, which should be known to the warring parties, and yet we see it happening time and again in Syria.

"Of the 60 schools Save the Children supports in Idlib and neighboring Aleppo, 44 have been affected by bombing this year alone with several badly damaged. The majority of those incidents have happened in the last few months, as violence has intensified across north-west Syria. At least 20 students and teachers from our schools have been killed or injured this year, an outrageous toll on innocent civilians.

"Syria’s children, like children anywhere else in the world, deserve the chance to learn and play without the risk of being killed in their classrooms. We want to see an end to attacks on schools and accountability for anyone who bombs or occupies a school – these horrific attacks constitute a potential war crime and should be subject to an international investigation."

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