UNRWA condemns bombing near Palestinian school in Damascus

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Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees in the Syrian capital Damascus. Photo: IRIN/Gabriela Keller

The UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), has strongly condemned the perpetrators of the bombing that led to the death of a 14 year-old Palestine refugee living in Syria.

Basem al-Hindi sustained serious shrapnel wounds to his head when a suspected mortar round exploded on a public road within metres of UNRWA's Tantouri School, where Basem was a student. One other Palestinian student was injured in the explosion, while a Syrian man and his two daughters were killed.

In a statement Wednesday, UNRWA says it deplores the flagrant manner in which the safety and lives of so many Palestine refugee children in the area were placed in grave danger, adding that no military or political objective could justify such blatant disregard for the safety of children or the sanctity of human life. 

UNRWA repeats its call to all sides to desist from taking up positions or conducting the conflict in residential areas. And it urged all sides must comply with their international legal obligations, notably the duty to respect and preserve human life, and to protect refugees and other civilians in armed conflict. 

UNRWA, once more and with a renewed sense of urgency, reiterates its previous calls to all concerned parties to resolve the conflict in Syria through dialogue and negotiations.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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