An air raid on a rebel-held neighbourhood of Syria\’s main northern city Aleppo hit a school, killing at least 18 people, 10 of them children, Wednesday, a monitoring group said.
Activists, including the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, say the air strike hit the Ain Jalout school in the Al-Ansari district of Aleppo. Videos posted by the activists show blood and debris and the bodies of at least 10 children on the floor.
The Observatory says at least 18 people died in the attack, while the Aleppo Media Center says 25 children were killed.
The United Nations Children\’s Fund said it is "outraged by the latest wave of indiscriminate attacks perpetrated against schools and other civilian targets across Syria."
Aleppo has been divided between government forces and rebels for nearly two years, with forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad carrying out frequent airstrikes and dropping crude barrel bombs in rebel-held areas.
Also Wednesday, members of the U.N. Security Council said they fear that little progress has been made on getting desperately needed humanitarian aid into Syria.
U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said a resolution passed in February aimed at eliminating obstacles to delivering aid is not working. She says less than 10 percent of the 242,000 people living in besieged areas have received assistance over the past four weeks.
More than 150,000 people have been killed and another 2.6 million have fled the country since Syria\’s civil war began in March 2011.
The conflict started with mass street protests against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and turned into an insurgency after a violent crackdown on demonstrators.