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Reports: 9 Civilians Killed in Syrian Government Strike on School in Idlib

HeadlineJan 02, 2020

In Syria, aid workers say Syrian government artillery fire killed at least nine civilians — including five children — on New Year’s Day in the northwestern province of Idlib, which is facing a heavy bombing and a ground offensive by the Russian-backed Syrian government. Aid workers say at least 16 more civilians were injured in the cluster munitions bombing of a school where displaced people were taking refuge. Over the last month, nearly 300,000 civilians have been forced to flee the Syrian government’s offensive against Idlib, which is home to about 3 million civilians, more than 75% of whom are women and children. Since April, at least 60 health facilities have been bombed in the region, sparking the United Nations to launch a limited inquiry into seven of the incidents. We’ll have more on the offensive in Idlib later in the broadcast.

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