Today’s massacre at three schools in Haas, Syria follows a devastating trend.
At least ten other attacks on education have been recorded in the past month alone.
By Shiyam Galyon
This morning, Russian and regime warplanes attacked Kamal Building Complex in Haas, Idlib, where three schools were operating. At last count, 26 people were killed in the massacre, mostly young students, and dozens more were maimed and injured. It’s the deadliest attack on a school in Syria in at least the past 30 days. Books Not Bombs condemns the attack on Kamal Building in the strongest possible terms and our thoughts are with the surviving students, teachers, and parents.
The attack in Haas follows a devastating trend of attacks on schools and students in Syria. Here’s a timeline of some of the attacks on schools and students within the past 30 days:
September 28th — Russian forces target Amal Wa-ed school in Al Mash-had.
September 30th — Syrian regime targets a school in Al Saheel, Deir Ezzor
September 30th — Russian forces target Abededin School in Idlib
September 30th — Syrian regime forces target Al Latamena School in Hama
October 4th — Syrian regime forces target a prep school in Al Mozra, Idlib
October 5th — Syrian regime forces target Ghaith School in Kafrlaha, Homs
October 9th — Syrian regime forces target Khaled Prep School in Al Habeit, Idlib
October 8th — Russian forces targeted a school in Binnesh city in #Idlib
October 10th — Student attacked in Homs during Russian and Syrian regime airstrikes.
October 11th — Five children killed by rebel fire on a school in Daraa
October 26th — Syrian regime forces target Kamal Schools complex in Haas, killing 20 and injuring dozens.
It’s well established that the Syrian regime and Russia are systemically attacking schools in Syria and are responsible for the majority of attacks on schools in the country. As the international community works on addressing education challenges and the “lost generation” of Syrian students, ending Russian and Syrian regime attacks on schools should be a top priority if we are going to put a generation of students back in school.
Shiyam Galyon is the Campaign Coordinator at Books Not Bombs. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org