Save the Children responds to deadly Syria school attack
In response to yesterday’s deadly attack on a school in Idlib and 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 neighbouring 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, a terrible toll on innocent civilians.
“Syria’s children, like children anywhere else in the world, deserve the chance to learn and play without running 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 attacks constitute a potential war crime and should be subject to an international investigation.”