Twenty six people, among them students and children, were killed in the attack on Haas School on October 26th.

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 8thRussian 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