(OSRSG-CAAC) – “Innocent children are once again victims of the brutal Syrian conflict. I am appalled by yesterday’s school attacks in the city of Homs, in Syria, that reportedly killed over 30 people and injured dozens more, a majority of them children. The perpetrator directly targeted schoolchildren and timed his attack to inflict maximum casualties. This is a new low in a conflict in which warring parties have already caused immense suffering to the country’s children. Attacks on schools and hospitals have become a feature of the Syrian conflict and deprive millions of children of their right to education and health. Since 2011, over 3 million children have dropped out of school. Thousands of schools inside Syria have closed their doors because they have been destroyed, damaged, or are now used for military purposes or as shelter for families forced to abandon their homes.”