WASHINGTON – Senior United Nations officials as well as United States officials expressed condemnation and shock over the deadly Tuesday bombing of Syria’s University of Aleppo which left more than 80 people dead, most of them students.
“The United States is appalled by the Syrian regime’s deadly attack yesterday near the University of Aleppo, which reportedly killed more than 80 people and injured more than 150 people,” the U.S. State Department said Wednesday. “According to eyewitnesses at the scene, regime planes launched aerial strikes in the vicinity of university facilities. We understand most of the victims of this tragedy were students and internally displaced people who had been housed at the university. We condemn any attack on unarmed civilians and continue to emphasize that those responsible for unlawful killings and other violations of international law will be identified and held accountable. Our sympathies and condolences go out to all those devastated by this senseless tragedy, which is only the latest in a long stream of losses inflicted by the Assad regime on its own people.”
The United Nations expressed shock over the attack, as well.
“Deliberate targeting of civilians and civilian targets constitutes a war crime,” a U.N. official stated. “Such heinous attacks are unacceptable and must stop immediately. All combating parties in Syria must abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law. This latest atrocity should be promptly and fully investigated.”