Liberal Youth condemns the attack on the University of Aleppo in Syria which has killed 82 students to date. “All students have the right to study without fear” said Liberal Youth International Officer, Conor McKenzie.
On the 15th of January, two explosions rocked the campus between the halls of residence and the architecture facility. The Bashar al-Assad regime blames the rebels, while rebel sources claim the explosions were the result of plane strikes on the campus by the Syrian air force.
Students have claimed the atmosphere on campus is not ‘conducive to study’. Three checkpoints surround the campus, and only around 10% of registered students have been coming to classes. While it is in government-held Aleppo, the University has been central to the protests in the northwestern region of Syria. Demonstrations on campus have reportedly been brutally repressed.
“All students have the right to study without fear” said Liberal Youth International Officer, Conor McKenzie. “While we in Britain only have to worry about retakes, those in Syria now have to worry about armed conflict. No student, no individual, should suffer under such conditions.”
Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Secretary General said “such heinous attacks are unacceptable and must stop immediately. All combatting parties in Syria must abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law.”
Liberal Youth hopes for a speedy resolution to the conflict, and for all parties to recognise the basic human rights of all individuals currently in Syria, whatever their political allegiance.