Friday, 28 October 2016

6 Children Martyred, Over a Dozen Injured in Terrorist Shelling of Aleppo School

Children caught in Syrian crisis
An attack by militants on a school in western Aleppo claimed the lives of at least six children and injured many others.
Syria’s official SANA news agency reported that three children lost their lives and 14 students sustained injuries on Thursday when rocket shells hit al-Wataniyeh School in Aleppo’s western neighborhood of Shahba.
The terrorist groups, who carried out the attack, were positioned in Aleppo’s Zahra neighborhood, the report said, adding that the incident caused material damage to the school building and classrooms.
Another rocket attack also struck a house at the residential Assad suburb in al-Hamadaniyeh neighborhood, martyring three brothers and injuring another one.
Aleppo, Syria’s second largest city, remains divided between government forces in the west and foreign-backed terrorists in the east, making it a frontline battleground.
The Syrian army had set up several humanitarian corridors to facilitate the transfer of the civilians caught up in Aleppo’s terrorist-held parts as well as those militants who lay down arms.
However, reports coming out of Aleppo’s occupied regions indicate that the Takfiri groups are blocking the exit of civilians. They are also using people as human shields and threatening those trying to leave.
In another development on Thursday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued a legislative decree, extending for three months the validity of an earlier measure pardoning militants who turn in their weapons.
The order stipulates that the militants who turn themselves in to Syrian authorities, lay down their weapons and release their captives will be granted amnesty.
Additionally on Thursday, the United Nations’ Syria humanitarian advisor said that the Damascus government has approved 23 of 25 proposed areas to receive aid supplies in November, among them 17 besieged regions.
Jan Egeland assured that the world body was “not giving up” on medical evacuations from Aleppo and delivery of food and medical equipment.
He also noted that the Russians would like to help facilitate access to eastern Aleppo.
Earlier this week, Amnesty International said that as many as 300 civilians had been killed in 11 attacks conducted by the Washington-led alliance in Syria since September 2014.
The UK-based rights group further urged an investigation into potential violations of international law during the so-called campaign against terror.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team
28-10-2016 | 08:41
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