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Syrian children killed after Russia strike hits school: monitor


Russian airstrikes in Syria
Russian airstrikes in Syria
AFP, 11 January 2016 - At least eight children were killed along with their teacher in a Russian air strike that hit a school in Syria’s Aleppo province on Monday, a monitor said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strike in the town of Anjara also injured at least 20 people, all of them children and teachers.
The group said there had been heavy air strikes and clashes between government and rebel forces since Sunday in the Northern Province, which is controlled by rebels.
Control of the city has been divided between government forces in the west and rebel fighters in the east since shortly after fighting began there in mid-2012.
Government forces regularly carry out air raids on the east, while rebels fire rockets into the west.
The situation is largely reversed in the countryside surrounding the city, with rebels controlling much of the area west of Aleppo, and the government present to the east.
Russia, a staunch ally of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, began air strikes in support of the central government in late September.
The monitor said in late December that Russian air strikes had killed more than 2,300 people since they began on September 30, among them 792 civilians.
More than 260,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests.