Syria: UN says thousands of students blocked by militias

Calls on warring parties to let students travel for exams

19 June, 18:25

    BEIRUT - The United Nations on Friday called on the parties involved in the war in Syria to allow tens of thousands of high school students taking their final exams to move from the areas where they live, as residents or displaced, to exam sites. The call comes as militants from various sides have blocked the movements of thousands of students, who are often subjected to intimidation and violence.

    In a statement released Friday morning by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the organisation called on the warring parties in Syria to allow at least 23,000 students in the regions of the northeast (under Kurdish-American control) and the northwest (under Turkish-Russian control) to be able to move freely to reach sites for exams scheduled on Sunday in government areas.

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