“If the mortar had landed 15 minutes later, the children would have been in their classrooms,” lamented a school official in the Bab Touma area of the Old City of Damascus not long after a mortar slammed into a schoolyard full of children this week.
“At 07:45 in the morning, nearly 300 children were playing outside.”
Mortars are inaccurate, indiscriminate, and many more are landing in cities across Syria.
They’re believed to be fired by rebels, but the government is also accused of launching them into neighbourhoods under its control. So brutal is this war that nothing is considered unthinkable.