Last updated: 30 August, 2017

Rockets kill seven Syrian schoolchildren

Two rockets fired at a school in the central Syrian province of Hama killed seven children on Wednesday, state media reported, blaming "terrorists" for the attack.

“Terrorist organisations have fired two rockets at a primary school in the town of Karnaz, killing seven children, wounding others and causing major damage to the school,” said SANA news agency, quoting a police source.

The Syrian regime regards as “terrorists” all of those who have taken up arms against it in the conflict sparked by a bloody crackdown on a pro-democracy uprising in 2011.

“All of the martyrs were under 12 years of age,” a source at a hospital where the casualties were taken was quoted as saying.

Karnaz is located 45 kilometres (28 miles) northwest of Hama city and is close to the villages of Kfanbuda and Kfarzita “where terrorist organisations abound,” according to SANA.