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    The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the twin bomb attacks on a school complex in Homs, Syria and called for accountability in its press statement Friday.

    UNITED NATIONS, October 4 (RIA Novosti) – The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the twin bomb attacks on a school complex in Homs, Syria and called for accountability in its press statement Friday.

    Two days after the bombing of a school in Homs, the members of the UN Security Council unanimously agreed to a Press Statement which "condemned in the strongest terms the twin bomb attacks on a school complex in Homs, Syria on October 1, 2014, which killed over fifty people and injured dozens more, a large majority of them children."

    The Security Council's members called the attack terrorism and cited international law. They "recalled that such targeting of schools and schoolchildren is a serious violation of international humanitarian law. They reiterated their condemnation of all grave violations and abuses committed against civilians including children, as well as their demand that all parties desist from attacks directed against civilian objects, in line with Security Council Resolutions 2139 (2014) and 2165 (2014)."

    The Security Council members also called for accountability. They "stressed the need to end impunity for violations of international humanitarian law and violations and abuses of human rights, reaffirming that those who have committed or are otherwise responsible for such violations or abuses in Syria must be brought to justice."

    In conclusion, "the members of the Security Council reiterated their determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with its responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations. The members of the Security Council reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law."

    A car bomb blew up near a primary school in Homs on Wednesday, as children and their parents were leaving the building. A few minutes later, a suicide bomber carried out an explosion near a hospital in the same district. According to the Syrian media, 48 people were killed, including 41 children.

    Syrian government forces have been fighting various rebel and extremist groups since 2011. According to the United Nations, the war has claimed more than 191,000 lives while more than three million Syrians have become refugees.

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