News / Middle East

Syrian Air Strike Hits School, Killing 18, Many of Them Children

This photo provided by the anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center, which has been authenticated based on its contents and AP reporting, shows a damaged school that was hit by a Syrian government air strike in Aleppo, Syria, April 30, 2014.
This photo provided by the anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center, which has been authenticated based on its contents and AP reporting, shows a damaged school that was hit by a Syrian government air strike in Aleppo, Syria, April 30, 2014.
Margaret Besheer
An air strike by Syrian fighter jets hit a school in the northern city of Aleppo on Wednesday, killing 18 people - many of them children.
 
Activists, including the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the air strike hit the Ain Jalout school in the Al-Ansari district of Aleppo.
 
Videos posted by the activists show blood and debris and the bodies of at least 10 children on the floor.
 
The Observatory says at least 18 people died in the attack, while the Aleppo Media Center says 25 children were killed.
 
The United Nations Children's Fund said it is "outraged by the latest wave of indiscriminate attacks perpetrated against schools and other civilian targets across Syria."
 
At least 150,000 people have been killed in Syria's 3-year-old civil war, a third of them civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
 
  • Men react as they carry the body of a relative, whom activists say was killed by barrel bombs dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo's al-Sakhour district, April 30, 2014.
  • This photo provided by the anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center shows a damaged school that was hit by a Syrian government air strike in Aleppo, April 30, 2014.
  • This photo provided by the anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center shows two Syrian men standing inside a school that was hit by a Syrian government air strike in Aleppo, April. 30, 2014.
  • People gather at the site of two car bomb attacks at al-Abassia roundabout in Homs, April 29, 2014. (SANA)
  • People gather at the site of two car bomb attacks at al-Abassia roundabout in Homs, April 29, 2014. (SANA)
  • A boy who was injured after mortar bombs landed on two areas in Damascus is seen in a hospital, April 29, 2014.
  • Residents inspect damage from mortar bombs that landed in Badr al-Din al-Hussein school complex, a religious college in Bab Saghir, Damascus, April 29, 2014.
  • A mortar shell is seen in front of vehicles after mortars landed on two areas in Damascus, April 29, 2014. (SANA)
At the United Nations on Wednesday, U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said that the Security Council resolution intended to improve humanitarian access to millions of people in Syria is not working and the council must do more.
 
After briefing the council for two hours in a closed session, Amos said that in the two months since the council unanimously adopted resolution 2139 the hoped for changes on the ground have not come.
 
In resolution 2139, the council unanimously demanded the parties facilitate the quick and safe delivery of aid, including across conflict and border lines.
 
“Far from getting better, the situation is getting worse. Violence has intensified over the past month taking a horrific toll on ordinary Syrians,” Amos said.

She said public pressure and private diplomacy have yielded very little progress, and it is now up to the council to act to get aid to the more than 9 million people inside Syria who desperately need it, especially those under siege and in hard-to-reach areas.

While the U.N. and its agencies have succeeded in getting limited aid to millions of Syrians, Amos said it is not enough.

While she did not say if she explicitly asked the council to adopt a resolution under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter that would allow the council to take stronger action to implement its demands, Amos said she reminded them that in Bosnia and Somalia it took several Chapter 7 resolutions to ultimately get the access humanitarians needed.

French Ambassador Gérard Araud was not optimistic that the 15-nation council would be able to act in a unified way to take further measures.

“My personal feeling is, unfortunately after what I heard, nothing that we could table to the council could pass. Really, we have the impression of an unconditional defense of the regime,” Araud said.
 
Russia, which along with China, has used its veto on three occasions to protect the Assad regime, would be likely to block any tough council action.

The Syrian opposition coalition representative in New York, Najib Ghadbian, urged the U.N. to move ahead with cross-border access - with or without Syrian government consent - to save Syrian lives.

A report from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued last week paints a grim picture, saying two months after resolution 2139 “none of the parties to the conflict have adhered to the demands of the council.”
 
Ban warned that denying food and life-saving medical supplies is arbitrary and unjustified and a “clear violation of international humanitarian law.”
 
Western powers have urged Syria’s referral to the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

You May Like

Yemen Brings US, Iran Closer to Naval Face-off

US sending two more ships to waters off coast of Yemen to take part in 'maritime security operations' More

Minorities Become Majority Across US

From 2000 to 2013, minorities became the majority in 78 counties in the United States. Here's where those demographic shifts are happening More

Japan's Maglev Train Breaks Own Speed Record

Seven-car 'magnetic levitation' train traveled at more than 600 kilometers per hour during test run Tuesday More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Anonymous
May 01, 2014 2:15 AM
Assad will have to face murder charges for every Syrian he murdered. He killed sooooo many children, wounded thousands too.
In Response

by: ali baba from: new york
May 01, 2014 10:31 AM
you can add Assad in murder list.Do not forget to add Saudi and gulf countries whom supported terrorist and produce fatwa to justify raping woman and give it a fantasy name sexual jihad

by: MUSTAFA from: INDIA
April 30, 2014 11:01 PM
Who is responsible for these human and property losses. All the main players, directors and financers are responsible for these losses which no body can measure or feel them self. This is big human tragedy of this decade. Just to CHANGE REGIME, we played this dirty drama. We are rich, power full and have gangs of Terrorist to increase as much as possible human sufferings. But for a movement any big player can think what would be their position after death. What would be their reply in front of God, We can tell lie in our whole life and play dirty politics for our own satisfaction. But no body can tell lie in front of GOD, so be ready of your reply. Your hand with human blood will tell the true story in front of God.

by: Jim Swayne from: Walla Walla, WA usa
April 30, 2014 6:08 PM
I am a lifelong Democrat and generally support President Obama's policies. However, it the case of Syria it seems the USA is being cowardly and afraid to challenge the Syrian government in any meaningful way. In my opinion it is past time for military action against the war criminals in charge in Syria.
In Response

by: ali baba from: new york
May 01, 2014 3:10 AM
United State is not the world police man. We should not interfere in any conflict in the world and let our children and resources exhausted. first Bashar el Assad is not a bad president. the country was live in peace . they have different branches of Islam. they have Christian and Jew as well. then Saudi and terrorist organization involve in that conflict and country conversed in large scale war. Muslim fanatic has caused serious problem in Lebanon ,Syria ,Sudan . when a Muslim is killing other Muslim ,it is ok. if American interfere , both side with attack American such as Iraq. both side attack American in Iraq war . now they kill each other and it will continue for ever. United state will not change the ideology of Islam which is marked by killing and terrorist. that is their culture and let them continue killing each other until they understand that killing and war is not the solution for world problem

by: Charles Babb
April 30, 2014 5:55 PM
It's time for the west to take their collective thumbs out of their bums and set a no fly zone over Syria. Obama and the rest of the free world needs to put a stop to the bombing. To do less is cowardly and inhumane.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
New Brain Mapping Techniques Could Ease Chronic Paini
X
Shelley Schlender
April 20, 2015 7:03 PM
Pain has a purpose - it can stop you from touching a flame or from walking on a broken leg. As an injury heals, the pain goes away. Usually. But worldwide, one out of every five people suffers from pain that lasts for months and years, leading to lost jobs, depression, and rising despair when medical interventions fail or health experts hint that a pain sufferer is making it up. From Boulder, Colorado, Shelley Schlender reports that new methods for mapping pain in the brain are providing validation for chronic pain and might someday guide better treatment.
Video

Video New Brain Mapping Techniques Could Ease Chronic Pain

From Boulder, Colorado, Shelley Schlender reports that new methods for mapping pain in the brain are providing validation for chronic pain and might someday guide better treatment.
Video

Video Hope, Prayer Enter Fight Against S. Africa Xenophobia

South Africa has been swept by disturbing attacks on foreign nationals. Some blame the attacks on a legacy of colonialism, while others say the economy is to blame. Whatever the cause, ordinary South Africans - and South African residents from around the world - say they're praying for the siege of violence to end. Anita Powell reports from Johannesburg.
Video

Video Italy Rescues Migrants After Separate Deadly Capsize Incident

Italy continued its massive search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean Monday for the capsized boat off the coast of Libya that was carrying hundreds of migrants, while at the same time rescuing Syrian migrants from another vessel off the coast of Sicily. Thirteen children were among the 98 Syrian migrants whose boat originated from Turkey on the perilous journey to Europe.
Video

Video New Test Set to Be Game Changer in Eradicating Malaria

The World Health Organization estimates 3.4 billion people are at risk of malaria, with children under the age of five and pregnant women being the most vulnerable. As World Malaria Day approaches (April 25), mortality rates are falling, and a new test -- well into the last stage of trials -- is having positive results in Kenya. Lenny Ruvaga reports for VOA from Nairobi.
Video

Video Are Energy Needs Putting Thailand's Natural Beauty at Risk?

Thailand's appetite for more electricity has led to the construction of new dams along the Mekong River to the north and new coal plants near the country's famous beaches in the south. A proposed coal plant in a so-called "green zone" has touched off a debate. VOA's Steve Sandford reports.
Video

Video Overwhelmed by Migrants, Italy Mulls Military Action to Stabilize Libya

Thousands more migrants have arrived on the southern shores of Italy from North Africa in the past two days. Authorities say they expect the total number of arrivals this year to far exceed previous levels, and the government has said military action in Libya might be necessary to stem the flow. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video Putin Accuses Kyiv of ‘Cutting Off’ Eastern Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his annual televised call-in program, again denied there were any Russian troops fighting in Ukraine. He also said the West was trying to ‘contain’ Russia with sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports on reactions to the president’s four-hour TV appearance.
Video

Video Eye Contact Secures Dog's Place in Human Heart

Dogs serve in the military, work with police and assist the disabled, and have been by our side for thousands of years serving as companions and loyal friends. We love them. They love us in return. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports on a new study that looks at the bio-chemical bond that cements that human-canine connection.
Video

Video Ukrainian Volunteers Search for Bodies of Missing Soldiers

As the cease-fire becomes more fragile in eastern Ukraine, a team of volunteer body collectors travels to the small village of Savur Mohyla in the what pro-Russian separatists call the Donetsk Peoples Republic - to retrieve bodies of fallen Ukrainian servicemen from rebel-held territories. Adam Bailes traveled with the team and has this report.
Video

Video Xenophobic Violence Sweeps South Africa

South Africa, long a haven for African immigrants, has been experiencing the worst xenophobic violence in years, with at least five people killed and hundreds displaced in recent weeks. From Johannesburg, VOA’s Anita Powell brings us this report.
Video

Video Apollo 13, NASA's 'Successful Failure,' Remembered

The Apollo 13 mission in 1970 was supposed to be NASA's third manned trip to the moon, but it became much more. On the flight's 45th anniversary, astronauts and flight directors gathered at Chicago's Adler Planetarium to talk about how the aborted mission changed manned spaceflight and continues to influence space exploration today. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports.
Video

Video Badly Burned Ukrainian Boy Bravely Fights Back

A 9-year-old Ukrainian boy has returned to his native country after intensive treatment in the United States for life-threatening burns. Volodia Bubela, burned in a house fire almost a year ago, battled back at a Boston hospital, impressing doctors with his bravery. Faith Lapidus narrates this report from VOA's Tetiana Kharchenko.
Video

Video US Maternity Leave Benefits Much Less Than Many Countries

It was almost 20 years ago that representatives of 189 countries met at a UN conference in Beijing and adopted a plan of action to achieve gender equality around the world. Now, two decades later, the University of California Los Angeles World Policy Analysis Center has issued a report examining what the Beijing Platform for Action has achieved. From Los Angeles, Elizabeth Lee has more.
Video

Video Endangered Hawaiian Birds Get Second Chance

Of the world's nearly 9,900 bird species, 13 percent are threatened with extinction, according to BirdLife International. Among them are two Hawaiian honeycreepers - tiny birds that live in the forest canopy, and, as the name implies, survive on nectar from tropical flowers. Scientists at the San Diego Zoo report they have managed to hatch half a dozen of their chicks in captivity, raising hopes that the birds will flutter back from the brink of extinction. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Exhibit Brings Renaissance Master Out of the Shadows

The National Gallery of Art in Washington has raised the curtain on one of the most intriguing painters of the High Renaissance. Mostly ignored after his death in the early 1500s, Italian master Piero di Cosimo is now claiming his place alongside the best-known artists of the period. VOA’s Ardita Dunellari reports.

VOA Blogs