Attack on School in Syria's Idlib Kills 22 Children, Six Teachers - UNICEF

© REUTERS / Ammar AbdullahPeople inspect the damage at a site hit by airstrikes in Idlib, Syria September 29, 2016
People inspect the damage at a site hit by airstrikes in Idlib, Syria September 29, 2016 - Sputnik International
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As many as 22 children and six teachers were killed in an attack on a school compound in the Syrian city of Idlib, which may amount to a war crime if it were deliberate, Anthony Lake, the executive director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), said.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to Lake, the attack was the deadliest since the Syrian war began in 2011.

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"Twenty-two children and six teachers were reportedly murdered today when their school compound was repeatedly attacked in Idlib, Syria. This is a tragedy. It is an outrage. And if deliberate, it is a war crime," Lake said in a statement on Wednesday.

Since 2011, Syria has been engulfed in a civil war, following the protests that had turned violent, as part of the so-called Arab Spring. During the conflict, hundreds of thousands Syrians have been killed and millions more have been displaced.

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