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Report: 528 people killed in attacks on schools in Syria

An outside view of the damaged primary school after airstrikes hit Idlib, Syria on 21 September 2017 [Hayyan Ebu Resit/Anadolu Agency]

The Syrian Network for Human Rights said in a report issued yesterday that as many as 528 civilians have been killed as a result of attacks on schools and educational institutions in Syria by the various parties to the conflict since the conflict began in March 2011.

“The Syrian regime is responsible for attacking 996 schools, the Russian forces are responsible for attacking 16 schools and the international coalition forces are responsible for attaching 87 schools, while the other parties in Syria are responsible for attacking the remaining schools,” the network said in its report.

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It added that “the victims included 171 children and 128 women”, noting that as many as 4,360 attacks against 1,356 schools were committed during the period from March 2011 to August 2018 forcing almost half of the schools to no longer be operational.

“Since the outbreak of the popular movement in Syria, children have been subjected to numerous violations by all actors, mainly the Syrian regime, including killing, arrests, forced recruitment, sexual violence, deprivation of one or both parents, displacement and deprivation of education,” the report added.

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