september 16, 2012 • 09:32 AM
Syrian Refugees Fleeing Violence in their Towns
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Internally displaced children living in a classroom at a school after fleeing the violence in their hometowns due to incessant clashes between rebel fighters and government troops, pose for a picture during a tour organised by the governorate of Damascus, in the capital city of Damascus September 16, 2012. Tens of thousands of Syrians who moved into schools after air strikes and fighting drove them from their homes will be on the move again on Sunday when the government plans to start the school year despite unrelenting violence. Education Minister Hazwan al-Wazz told state television last week that around 2,000 schools have been destroyed by "terrorists", a term authorities use for the rebels fighting against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.