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Press Centre (10/2016)

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on deadly attacks on schools in Idlib, northwest Syria

A boy, displaced from ongoing conflict in Syria. Photo Credit: © UNICEF/UN029875/Al-Issa
NEW YORK/AMMAN – “Twenty-two children and six teachers were reportedly murdered today when their school compound was repeatedly attacked in Idlib, Syria. 

“This is a tragedy. It is an outrage. And if deliberate, it is a war crime.
“This latest atrocity may be the deadliest attack on a school since the war began more than five years ago. 
“Children lost forever to their families … teachers lost forever to their students … one more scar on Syria’s future. 
“When will the world’s revulsion at such barbarity be matched by insistence that this must stop?”


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