Syria: 'Idlib, 1.5 million children without school'

Save the Children sounds alarm

18 March, 14:14

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, MARCH 18 - A reported 1.5 million Syrian children risk to remain without an education in the war-torn northwestern region of Idlib, Save the Children said on Wednesday. The international organization works with local partners in the area of Idlib.

    The area has been at the center of an offensive carried out by Russian and Syrian government troops against armed groups backed by Turkey since December. The UN has documented the displacement in three months of one million civilians, including 600,000 children and 200,000 women.

    Over the three-month period, Save the Children said Wednesday, 217 schools were damaged or abandoned due to bombings and attacks, with an average of two schools a day. According to the international organization, over half of schools in Idlib - 570 out of 1,062 - have been damaged, destroyed or are located in areas that are too dangerous for children. Moreover, in the first two months of 2020, at least 30 children were killed and over 550,00 people were forced to leave their homes. (ANSAmed)
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