278 Schools in Idlib Closed as Assad Regime & Russia Intensify Bombing Campaign
Education officials in Idlib decided to suspend education in 278 schools in Idlib province for three days starting from Saturday due to the escalating bombing campaign by the Assad regime and its Russian ally.
Director of the Educational Complex in Idlib, Abdullah Al-Absi, told the local Smart news agency that the decision would affect nearly 160,000 students in the province.
Al-Absi stressed that the suspension of schools came as a result of the ongoing mass displacement of civilians resulting from the intensifying bombing campaign by the Assad regime and its allies and the IDP’s use of schools as shelter. He pointed out that the suspension may be extended for additional days depending on the security conditions.
The Free University of Aleppo and Idlib University earlier decided, for the second time, to extend the postponement of the first semester exams for another two weeks due to the mass exodus of civilians and the deteriorating conditions in the freed territories.
Idlib province has been subjected to ruthless bombing campaign and ground attacks by the Assad regime forces and Iranian militias with Russian aerial support. The bombardment and shelling has further intensified since December 20, 2019, killing and wounding hundreds of civilians and displacing hundreds of thousands more. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)