Homs school bombing

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The Homs school bombing occurred on 1 October 2014 in Homs, Syria in an Alawite majority neighborhood.[1][2] The attackers initially detonated a car bomb that was in front of the Akrameh al-Makhzumi elementary school. The attacked was followed-up shortly after when a second suicide bomber drove up to the school and detonated his vehicle.[3][4] The double bombing killed 54 people: 47 children, 3 members of security forces and 4 adult civilians.[1][3] The attack was the deadliest strike to occur in a government controlled area in over a year, with no group immediately taking responsibility.[2]

Public Reaction[edit]

Following the bombing, several protests broke out because of the government's failure to prevent the attack. Although most protestors where reportedly be pro-government, many called for the removal of Iyad Ghazal who was the provincial governor for the Homs Governate. Iyad, who at the time was largely unpopular with the people, was eventually removed from office. Protests began to turn anti-government when Syrian security forces fired on a group of protestors.[5]


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  2. ^ a b "41 children killed in Syria school bombing". Middle East Eye. February 13, 2015. Retrieved July 29, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Double bombing kills at least 41 children at school in Syria". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 2019-11-28.
  4. ^ "Children killed in Homs double blast". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2021-07-27.
  5. ^ Barnard, Anne; Ghannam, Mohammad (2014-10-02). "Protests Erupt in Homs Over Bombings That Killed Dozens of Syrian Schoolchildren". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-07-27.