A devastated school that was targeted by the Syrian air force in Aleppo. File photo
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Aleppo, Syria – Amid intensifying airstrikes by the Syrian air force against rebel-held neighborhoods in Aleppo, schools are closed for fear of barrel bombs injuring students.
The closure of schools coincided with mounting clashes between pro-Assad forces and rebel factions in the city and countryside of Aleppo in northern Syria.
“The opposition forces decided to shut down schools as a protective step in order to avoid more casualties among civilians, especially children, who have suffered the most under the bombardment of pro-Assad warplanes,” Sanaa Tayib, a school teacher, told ARA News in Aleppo.
“Children are suffering traumatic conditions due to the continuous bombardment of their neighborhoods and the vicinity of their schools, which makes the interim closure of schools a necessity in Aleppo,” she said.
The Maadi neighborhood of Aleppo, which is under the control of rebel forces, was exposed to bombardment by the Syrian air force on Saturday. Local sources reported that more than 20 people were killed in the airstrike, mostly children.
Then on Sunday, a Syrian army airstrike on a school in the city’s opposition-controlled east killed five children, and four adults. Nine other people were killed and dozens wounded on Sunday in an airstrike carried out by warplanes of the Syrian regime on the Ansari neighborhood in the city of Aleppo, northern Syria.
Reporting by: Jiwan Malla Ali