Mortar shell strikes Damascus school, fatal government strikes in Aleppo continue
Regime airstrikes targeting a rebel compound left 26 dead Saturday after the attack missed its target and hit the nearby Nafasin market (Mohammed Al Khatieb/AFP)
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Agence France-Presse reported Sunday that a mortar shell hit a French school in Damascus and government airstrikes targeting a rebel stronghold in Aleppo continued after Saturday's attacks left 26 dead. No deaths were reported in the Damascus shelling.
"A mortar shell landed on the chimney of a classroom around 9:00 am (0700 GMT). No one was hurt but the windows shattered and the walls cracked," said one of the school officials, Bashir Oneiz.
"It was a miracle that no one was hurt, neither students nor teachers nor employees," said the school's nurse, Aline Farah.
The Charles de Gaulle school, located in Damascus's Mazzeh district, is the only foreign school still open in the capital. Before the war started, the school had 900 students; today, this number is down to 220.
The mortars are suspected to have been launched by rebel forces based on the outskirts of the capital.
In Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that a military helicopter launched airstrikes on a rebel compound affiliated with the Tawhid Brigade in the town of Al Bab Saturday. The strikes allegedly missed their target and hit the nearby Nafasin market, leaving 26 dead, almost all of whom were civilians. The regime resumed attacks Sunday, with at least seven dead already from the strikes.
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