Mohammed Ismail – Cairo – New York – (HA):
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday strongly condemned attacks by Myanmar government forces on rebel strongholds in the country’s north, which targeted a school, killing at least 13 people, including 11 children.
The United Nations official website cited news reports that military helicopters carrying forces led by the ruling military council opened fire on a temple school in Lit Yat Koni in the country’s northern Sage district last Friday.
According to reports, the army said it attacked the insurgents who were hiding in the school.
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Guterres expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims who were killed at the school.
In a statement, the Secretary-General said: “Even in times of armed conflict, schools must remain areas where children are protected and safe places to learn. Attacks on schools and hospitals in violation of international humanitarian law are also one of six grave violations against children in times of armed conflict. Security The Council strongly protested.
Guterres reiterated that under international humanitarian law, “combatants should not direct their attacks against civilians, including children, or civilian objects.”
The statement concluded that “perpetrators of all international crimes committed in Myanmar must be held accountable.”