Air strikes over the northern Syrian rebel-held city of Idlib, on Wednesday, killed as many as 22 school children and six teachers, who were among 35 civilians slaughtered in the continuing conflict in the Levant.
The air strikes hit a residential area, which according to a report by the Associated Press(AP), was housing a school complex. The children died as they gathered outside probably for recess. UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake called the attack an "outrage" that if deliberate, "is a war crime." The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has confirmed the Idlib air strikes and deaths.
Russia's military has denied any involvement in the air strikes. Russia's foreign ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, told a briefing this morning that her country was not involved in the Idlib air strikes.
Death and suffering continue to befall children and civilians in Syria as the free world remains impotent to counter the aggression and forwardness of the Bashar al Assad regime and Russia upon the Syrian populace. That Syrians, who have hosted Russians at a Syrian naval base ever since 1971, are now victims of their guests' planes and bombs around Aleppo and elsewhere, is quite paradoxical.
The reality remains rife with violence and death in Syria. As United Nations Under-Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs, Stephen O'Brien told the Security Council recently, actors of the Syrian conflict are making life intolerable and death possible in Aleppo and in similar places.