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Syria: Four schoolchildren killed by regime strike

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Four children on their way to school lost their lives on Monday morning in northwestern Syria, following a bombardment by regime forces, according to an NGO.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH) reported that a rocket attack from regime forces targeted Maarat al-Naassane, a town north of Idleb, causing the death of at least four boys.

According to the OSDH, the causes of the bombardment of this locality are not clear.

Maarat al-Naassane is controlled by factions opposed to the regime in Damascus, such as Hayat Tahrir al-Cham (HTS), the former Syrian branch of al-Qaeda. Strong tensions oppose these groups to the forces of the Syrian regime.

About half a million people killed

A Turkish forces checkpoint is also located on the outskirts of the town.

On February 12, six civilians from the same family, including two children and two women, died in Maarat al-Naassane during a regime strike on their house, according to the OSDH.

The Syrian conflict has killed an estimated half a million people, devastated infrastructure and caused the largest displacement of people since World War II.

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