World Bulletin / News Desk
The United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, has condemned the latest wave of indiscriminate attacks on schools and other civilian targets across Syria which left dozens of children killed and injured.
"Every day, across Syria, children who are simply trying to go about their everyday lives are being killed and maimed by indiscriminate attacks on populated areas," Maria Calivis, UNICEF regional director for the Middle East and North Africa, said in a statement on Wednesday.
The comments came a day after at least three attacks were carried out, beginning in the Damascus suburb of Al-Shaghour where mortar shells killed and wounded students at the Badr Al Din Al Hussein technical institute.
Reports say 14 children were killed and more than 80 others were wounded.
A mortar attack in the A’dra area of Rural Damascus reportedly killed three children at a shelter for internally displaced families.
A car bomb later exploded in a busy part of the city of Homs, reportedly causing the deaths of at least 100 people including many women and children.
More than 100 people were also injured.
Calivis said: "These attacks appear to be escalating, in complete disregard of all the calls that have been made to stop this insane cycle of violence and to avoid similar breaches of international law."
With the Syria conflict now well into its fourth year, airstrikes, often including the use of so-called barrel bombs, and artillery barrages, mortars and car bombs are continuing to target populated areas all over the country.