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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on deadly attacks on schools in Idlib, northwest Syria

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A boy, displaced from ongoing conflict in Syria.

NEW YORK/AMMAN, 26 October 2016 – “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.
 
“This latest atrocity may be the deadliest attack on a school since the war began more than five years ago.
 
“Children lost forever to their families … teachers lost forever to their students … one more scar on Syria’s future. 
 
“When will the world’s revulsion at such barbarity be matched by insistence that this must stop?”

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