Amnesty: School and hospitals in Idlib were among Assad targets

Amnesty: School and hospitals in Idlib were among Assad targets
A school, hospitals and other civilian infrastructure in Syria’s opposition-held Idlib province have been targeted by the Assad regime in a wave of attacks in the last month, according to a report from Amnesty International.

Rockets fired at a school in Sheikh Idriss on 26 March killed a 10-year-old boy and injured two more children, medical workers said, although there are no military targets in the school’s vicinity.

Another attack in Saraqeb on 9 March struck Al-Hayat hospital, a blood bank and an ambulance response unit, leading to the hospital’s temporary closure.

At least 170 civilians have been killed and thousands more displaced by the recent violence, according to conflict monitors.

The report was compiled using dozens of witness testimonies and analysis of video evidence, open source information and satellite imagery, Amnesty said.

The Assad regime continues to show utter disregard for the laws of war and the lives of civilians, the organisation said.

A ceasefire deal to save Idlib from an attack by Assad, supported by Russia, was brokered in September, averting an offensive that aid groups feared could cause one of the worst humanitarian crises to date in Syria’s eight-year-old war.

Based on The Guardian

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