Syria: Latest school attack in Idlib 'an outrage'


Syria: Latest school attack in Idlib 'an outrage' and 'one more scar on future' – UNICEF chief

Young Omar and his parents, who fled the Syrian city of Idlib and crossed into Turkey, have been accepted for resettlement in France. Photo: UNHCR/J.Tanner

Source:UN News

27 October 2016 – The head of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today that the latest school attack in the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib may be “the deadliest” one since the war begin more than five years ago, and is a war crime if deliberate.

In a statement that noted 22 children and six teachers were reportedly murdered today when their school compound was repeatedly attacked, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said that “this is a tragedy. It is an outrage. And if deliberate, it is a war crime.”

“Children lost forever to their families … teachers lost forever to their students … one more scar on Syria's future,” he said, deploring that “when will the world's revulsion at such barbarity be matched by insistence that this must stop?”