An airstrike on a school in Haas, a village in Northwest Syria has left at least 35 people dead. 11 children, as well as several women, were among the casualties onWednesday and sources indicate the death toll is likely to rise even further.
“It’s a tragedy. It’s an outrage. And if deliberate, it’s a war crime” UNICEF executive director Tony Lake said in a statement.
“This latest atrocity may be the deadliest attack on a school since the war began more than five years ago.”
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said in a statement on Wednesday that the bombing was believed to be carried out by Russian planes.
The Russian Ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin could not confirm or deny if the strikes were indeed carried out by Russia: “It’s horrible, I hope we were not involved. It’s the easiest thing for me to say no, but I’m a responsible person, so I need to see what my Ministry of Defence is going to say.”