UN says school at­tack in Syria may be a po­ten­tial war crime

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

U.N. Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki­moon called on Thurs­day for an im­me­di­ate in­ves­ti­ga­tion of an at­tack on a school in Syria’s Idlib prov­ince that the U.N.’s chil­dren’s agency is call­ing one of the dead­li­est of its kind in the coun­try’s six-year war.

UNICEF raised its toll for Wed­nes­day’s at­tack to 28 dead, among them 22 chil­dren and six teach­ers.

Ban said in a state­ment that the at­tack, car­ried out against re­bel­held ter­ri­tory, may amount to a war crime if found to be deliberate.

“If such hor­rific acts per­sist de­spite global out­rage, it is largely be­cause their au­thors, whether in cor­ri­dors of power or in in­sur­gent re­doubts, do not fear jus­tice. They must be proved wrong,” he said.

Wit­nesses said over­head jets tar­geted the school in the town of Hass as many as 10 times, around mid­day Wed­nes­day. Op­po­si­tion ac­tivists blamed the strikes on Rus­sian and gov­ern­ment planes.

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