SOHR: Four students killed while going to school due to bombing
Four students were killed by Syrian regime forces as they went to school in the northwestern part of the country, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The NGO said the rocket attack by Damascus regime forces took place in Marat al-Nasaneh, an area in the northern Syrian province of Idlib, killing at least four boys who were walking to school.
Photographs taken by a French Agency correspondent at the scene show three bodies of children in black plastic bags in a truck before being buried in a cemetery in Marat al-Nasaneh. The fourth boy later succumbed to his injuries.
According to the Observatory, the reasons for the bombing of this site are not clear.
Marat al-Nasaneh is controlled by factions hostile to the Damascus regime, such as Hayat Tahrir al-Sam (HTS), a former Syrian branch of al-Qaeda.
A checkpoint of Turkish forces is also located on the outskirts of the city.
On February 12, six civilians from the same family, including two children and two women, were killed in the city during a regime raid on their home, according to the Observatory.
About three million people live in Idlib province, two-thirds of whom are displaced from other parts of Syria.
The jihadist group HTS and its allies control about half of the province as well as parts of neighboring provinces.
The province has been on fire since March 2020, following an attack by the three-month-old regime that displaced nearly a million people, according to the UN.
Despite repeated violations, this ceasefire is largely observed, but since June 2021, Damascus forces have intensified bombing targeting the southern part of the province.
The war in Syria has killed about half a million people, destroyed infrastructure and caused the largest displacement of people since World War II.