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Air strikes by the Syrian government and its allies on schools, hospitals, markets and bakeries have killed at least 103 civilians in the past 10 days, including 26 children, UN human rights commissioner Michel Bachelet said in a statement on Friday (26 June). "These are civilian targets, and in view of the continuing pattern of such attacks, it seems very unlikely that their bombing was a mistake."

Bachelet said the high death toll was matched by "clear international indifference".

The United Nations said on Friday that more than 400,000 people had been displaced within three months of escalation in northwestern Syria, as regime forces stepped up shelling of the area controlled by jihadist factions.

"More than 400,000 people have been displaced since the end of April," said David Swanson of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). A statement by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance that the displaced leave, especially south of Idlib and northern Hama province. They generally travel to areas not hit by shelling north, sometimes reaching areas close to the border with neighboring Turkey, including camps for the displaced.

"Displaced camps are overcrowded and many are forced to stay in the open air," the statement said. "About two-thirds of the displaced are outside camps." He added that "in the province of Idlib alone receives about 100 schools are currently displaced." "Most of those fleeing flee out of Idlib province, while a few go north of Aleppo," he said. "Cities and entire villages seem to have lost their inhabitants who have fled … in search of safety and basic services," the statement said.

The Syrian government and Russia, whose air power has played a crucial role in Damascus' military gains in the past few years, denies targeting civilians or civilian infrastructure.


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