Stop attacks on schools in Syria: UNICEF

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A mother watches as three of her children head off to school in Syria.  File Photo: UNHCR/F. Al-Khateeb

Attacks on schools, hospitals and other civilian infrastructure in Syria must stop, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said.

The agency repeated its appeal to warring parties in the country  following the deaths of at least four children when their kindergarten was  hit on Sunday.

The agency said many other children were injured in the attack, which took place in a town outside the capital, Damascus.

Dianne Penn reports.

The incident was the latest in a recent wave of attacks on schools and education facilities in Syria.

It took place in Harasta, Rural Damascus, where a hospital had also been struck in a separate attack, killing one person and wounding many others.

In response, UNICEF issued a statement renewing its call for all sides in the Syrian conflict, and those with influence over them, to make child protection a priority.

Since mid-October, the UN agency has verified five attacks on schools in which more than 30 children were killed.

"Attacks on all civilian infrastructure, including schools, kindergartens, playgrounds, education and health facilities must stop immediately," the statement concluded.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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