At least 4 children dead after Assad regime shells school near Damascus

ASSOCIATED PRESS
BEIRUT
Published 31.10.2017 13:52
Updated 31.10.2017 13:57
Syrians emerge from a dust cloud following a reported airstrike on Kafr Batna, in opposition-held eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus, on Sept. 30, 2016 (AFP Photo)
Syrians emerge from a dust cloud following a reported airstrike on Kafr Batna, in opposition-held eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus, on Sept. 30, 2016 (AFP Photo)

Syrian activists say at least four children have been killed when Assad regime shelling hit their school in an opposition-held town outside the capital Damascus.

The Ghouta Media Center and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights say a shell landed Tuesday at the gate of a school in Jisreen, a town in the Eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus. The shelling killed five, including four children, and left many injured.

Residents of the Eastern Ghouta suburbs have been living under a suffocating regime blockade amid intense bombings. The violence and siege have continued even though the suburbs are part of a de-escalation agreement guaranteed by Assad regime backers Russia and Iran.

On Monday, the United Nations said it reached thousands of the suburbs residents for the first time in over a month.

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