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Syrian forces continued to press an intense counteroffensive against rebels in the Damascus suburbs on Tuesday, as the government blamed rebels for a mortar attack that hit a school...

Hundreds of schools had been closed for almost a week after a female principal was murdered.

The issue of militaries using schools as barracks, bases, detention centers, firing positions and training grounds during conflicts is rarely discussed - writes campaigner

A global coalition of United Nations agencies and international NGOs supporting education and human rights has called for governments to implement a “clear and unamibiguous” ban on the use of schools and universities as barracks and bases during conflicts.

I approached the school—high in the hills of northern Luzon—with a bit of trepidation. It was late in the day, and schools that lack the joyous cacophony of children playing always seem a little eerie to me.

Al igual que muchos otros jóvenes somalíes que entrevisté en Kenia, Xarid M. recorrió cada día las peligrosas calles de Mogadishu, la capital de Somalia, para asistir a la escuela mientras fue posible. Pero todo cambió por completo el día en que el grupo insurgente islamista Al-Shabaab llevó la guerra hasta su propia aula.

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is among conflict-ridden countries where the military continues to use schools as camps, New York-based Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack said.

When soldiers arrived in Bangued village in the mountains of northern Philippines in May 2011 they set up a barracks in the storage bunker below the principal’s office in the elementary school. Teachers reported that while the soldiers kept weapons in their quarters, they never carried arms on school grounds and rarely wore uniforms.

Comme beaucoup de jeunes Somaliens que j'ai interviewés au Kenya, "Xarid M." a affronté les dangers des rues de Mogadiscio, la capitale somalienne, tant qu'il pouvait aller à l'école. Mais tout a changé le jour où le groupe insurgé islamiste Al-Chabab a fait entrer la guerre dans sa salle de classe.

Education disrupted, security threatened when students are forced to share space.

In countries embroiled in war, government soldiers and rebel fighters frequently establish bases in school buildings not just for days but sometimes for years. They exploit school infrastructure to house and protect troops, hold detainees, store ammunition, and fire at their enemies.

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