Russian forces bombed a school west of Hama governorate on April 22, 2022

Fixed-wing Russian warplanes fired missiles on al Ankawi High School in al Ankawi village in the western suburbs of Hama governorate on April 22, 2022. The school’s building was partially destroyed. SNHR notes that the school was inoperable after the displacement of the residents of the village.

Through this action, the Russian forces have, without doubt, committed another violation of Security Council resolutions 2139 and 2254 which prohibit any further indiscriminate attacks, as well as violating the rules of international humanitarian law which stress the distinction between civilians and combatants. Attacks of this nature spread terror and panic among civilians, leading them to flee their lands and homes in an attempt to reach safety, and forcibly displacing them, with the number of internally displaced persons within Syria currently standing at approximately 6.5 million Syrian citizens in total. The international community should put pressure on the Syrian regime and its allies to force them to compensate the displaced victims, rehabilitate homes and vital centers, support the political transition process, and press all parties to pursue implementation of political transition according to a strict timetable which must not exceed six months, thus enabling millions of refugees and IDPs to return homes.

Photo of the moment of the Russian airstrike on the school
Russian forces bombed a school west of Hama governorate on April 22, 2022