The Syrian Interim Government’s Directorate of Education on Wednesday organized a sit-in protest in southern Idlib to condemn the continued attacks on schools by the Assad regime and Russia and to urge support for the educational process.
The biggest protests took place in the towns of Kafranbil, Jarjanaz, Kafarrouma and Ibleen, with participants stressing that they demand freedom and that they are not terrorists.
The demonstrators raised the flag of the Syrian revolution and held signs that read “our children are being killed while the world is watching”, “we want to live in peace” and “we want a world where our children can live in peace.”
The participants called for a halt to attacks on schools, stressing that their children want to learn and live in peace and to be safe from bombardment by the Assad regime and Russia. They also called for stepping up support for the educational process in northern Syria.
The Syrian Coalition said that the Assad regime and its allies’ targeting of schools is part of their plans to deprive Syrian children from education as it called on the UNESCO to shoulder its responsibility towards ensuring protection for education facilities and supporting education.
On September 5, airstrikes knocked out the only operational school in the village of Badriya in rural Idlib, while other schools suffered damages as a result of suspected Russian airstrikes.
Earlier this week, medical workers in hospitals in northern Syria held sit-in protests condemning the Assad regime and Russia’s targeting of hospitals and healthcare facilities. Syrian Civil Defense volunteers on Tuesday also held a demonstration calling on the United Nations to hold accountable those responsible for the direct, deliberate targeting of civilians, public markets, and vital civilian centers. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)