Statement attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF REPRESENTATIVE IN Syria
Damascus, 1 October 2014 – “Today’s double vehicle-born bombing close to Akrama Al Makhzomi Elementary School in the Akrama neighbourhood of Homs city was a despicable act against innocent children.
“39 people were killed, including 30 children who were leaving the school after classes.
“Children in Syria continue to bear the brunt of a brutal conflict that has inflicted terrible suffering upon them and their families for more than three and a half years. Renewed efforts are needed to end the senseless cycle of violence.
“All parties to the conflict have an obligation to protect civilians and respect the sanctity of schools as safe havens where children’s right to education can be fulfilled.”
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