What you need to know about the Haas School Attack

It happened while students were in class, and the planes kept firing as students were fleeing.

Books Not Bombs
Nov 8, 2016 · 2 min read

Haas is a small village in the Idlib governate of Northern Syria. On October 26th, tragic news broke of an attack on a school complex, killing twenty-two children and six teachers. Human Rights Watch released a report on the attack, here’s what you need to know:

(1) Haas is a village in the northern part of Syria. It sits in the Idlib Governorate. The village is known for flocks of sheep grazing on rolling green hills and fresh fruit like figs and mulberries. Check out a video made by a local photographer to get an idea for what Haas is all about.

Haas, Idlib, Syria

(2) The attacks took place at the Kamal School Complex, located in a residential area, and housed a kindergarten, two middle schools, and one secondary school. The attacks started at 10 AM on the school and lasted for about 30 minutes.

(3) Video shows that it was an SU-24 aircraft that did the bombing, which is known to be used by both Russian and Syrian forces.

(4) The school is not a military center or near a military center. The village of Haas has no military centers.

(5) The aircrafts kept bombing the school as children and teachers were fleeing.

(6) Unicef believes the Haas school attacked killed 22 children and injured 40 others. The Violations Documentation Center has documented it’s own casualty list.

Source: Violations Documentation Center

(7) This is Bisan, one of the kids who died in the massacre:

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