Director-General condemns attack on university of Aleppo, Syria

UNESCO Press, January 16, 2013

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today expressed deep shock at the two attacks on the University of Aleppo, Syria’s oldest institution of science and technology, which killed more than 80 people, most of them students, on 15 January.

“It is truly shocking and distressing to see so many young people dedicated to pursuing their education in the midst of strife lose their life to senseless violence,” the Director-General said. “This is a dark day indeed for the entire country.”

“I wish to present my most sincere condolences to the families and friends of the students and other victims who died on Tuesday and call on all those involved in the fighting to respect the right to education.”