The United Nations has said that as many as 50 civilians, including children, were killed in missile strikes on medial facilities in schools in Syria.
The attacks happened in Azaz, in the country’s Aleppo province, at an hospital and school that housed displaced people. There was also a separate attack at a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders at Maarat al-Numan, in the Idlib province.
“Such attacks are a blatant violation of international laws,” said Farhan Haq, a spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Among other consequences, they are further degrading an already devastated health-care system and preventing access to education in Syria. These incidents cast a shadow on the commitments made at the International Syria Support Group meeting in Munich on the 11th of February.”
“We must capitalize on the agreements reached and translate them into action if the credibility of, and confidence placed in the International Syria Support Group and the international community are to be justified,” Haq added.
These attacks came just days after Russia and other world powers agreed to halt the fighting, to allow peace talks and delivery of humanitarian aid.
It is not known who exactly was behind the attacks.
The United States State Department put blame on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime and his russian backers. The Syrian government, however, have not released an official statement on the incident.
Doctors Without Borders officials said that coalition forces led by the Syrian government were the ones responsible for the attack in the Idlib facilities.
Turkey, on the other hand, is accusing Russia, saying that the missile attacks are “obvious war crimes.”