According to UNICEF, three boys and a girl, as well as a teacher who were on their way to school, were killed in an attack on a busy market in Ariha city.
Earlier on Wednesday, more than 14 people were killed and three others were injured after two explosive devices targeted a Syrian military bus in the capital Damascus, the Sanaa state news agency reported.
According to SANA, a third explosive device was also found at the site of the attack on the Hafiz al-Assad bridge, but it was destroyed.
Syrian State TV posted pictures of the burnt cabin of the bus on its Telegram account In Damascus, more rescuers can be seen removing body parts.
UNICEF’s regional director for the Middle East and North Africa, “Today’s violence is another reminder that the war in Syria is not over. Civilians, many of them children, are bearing the brunt of a brutal decade-long conflict.” Ted Chaiban said in a statement.
“Attack on civilians, including children, is a violation of international humanitarian law. Children should be able to access their schools safely,” Chaiban said.
This year there have been several attacks on army vehicles in eastern Syria by suspected ISIS militants who are still operating in the vast desert area.
Blasts in Damascus have been rare since forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad took control of rebel enclaves around the city in 2018. With Russia’s military presence and aided by Iran’s Shia militias, Assad has now regained control of much of the country after a decade. Of civil war
Idlib is the last major opposition stronghold, and has been repeatedly toppled by the Syrian regime and Russian military attacks since the country turned into a civil war since the start of the 2011 insurgency.
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