On New Year's Day, banned cluster rocket kills students, teacher in Idlib's Sarmin

Assad regime's militias intensified shelling on the demilitarized zone (DMZ) of Idlib countryside on Wednesday (January 1), killing and injuring civilians, Orient correspondent said.  

Assad cluster munition rocket targeted on Wednesday morning Abdo Salama school in Sarmin town, killing eight civilians, including four children and their female teacher and injuring other civilians.

On Monday, Assad helicopters killed a White Helmets volunteer and a child while evacuating family members from their home on Maaret al-Numan city in Idlib countryside.

On Monday UNICEF said that an escalation of violence in northeast Syria in October killed 5 children and injured 26 children. This brought the number of children killed in Syria in the first 9 months of the year to 657 children and that of children injured to 324.

In its latest report released to mark the UN’s annual Universal Children’s Day, SNHR revealed in November that at least 29,017 children have been killed in Syria since the beginning of the popular uprising for democracy.

SNHR report documents the deaths of 22,753 children by Assad regime militias between March 2011 and November 20, 2019, including 186 who suffocated to death as a result of chemical attacks. 

SNHR report also notes that Russian forces have killed 1,928 children since the start of Russia’s military intervention in Syria, including 67 children who were killed as a result of 236 cluster munitions attacks.

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