Raw: Airstrike on Syrian School Kills 19

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A Syrian fighter jet struck a school with a missile in Aleppo Wednesday as teachers and students were preparing an exhibit of children's drawings depicting their country at war, killing at least 19 people, including 10 children. (April 30)

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Aleppo, Syria - 30 April 2014

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1. Tilt down from school entrance to blood on ground, then travelling shot into school to show debris, bloodstains

2. Pan from child's drawings to wall of other drawings

3. Zoom into drawing on ground which shows hanging corpse, piles of skulls and a child being shot into a ditch, another child with speech bubble written above her head in broken English that partly reads: "Syria will still free"

4. Pan of bloodstains and debris

5. Bulldozer outside

6. Various of bulldozer clearing rubble following air strike

STORYLINE:

A Syrian government airstrike hit a school on Wednesday in an opposition-held district of the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least 19 people, including 10 children, activists reported.

A missile slammed into the Ein Jalout school in eastern part of Aleppo as teachers and students were preparing an exhibit of children's drawings depicting Syria at war, activists said.

Activist videos of the scene showed bulldozers removing rubble from the smashed building, with the school's name visible.

They also showed some of the children's drawings and paintings.

One showed a hanging skeleton surrounded by skulls with a child nearby being shot by a gunman in a ditch.

The child has a speech bubble written above her head in broken English that partly reads: "Syria will still free."

The video appeared genuine and corresponded to Associated Press reporting of the events.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which covers the conflict through a network of activists on the ground, said at least 19 people were killed in the strike, including 10 children.

The local Aleppo Media Center put the toll at 25 killed, most of them children.

Thousands of Syrian children have died in Syria's 3-year-old conflict, which began as an uprising against Assad's rule, but has now become a civil war that has killed over 150,000 people and displaced millions.

Parts of the two-storey Ein Jalout school appeared to have been completely smashed, according to the videos, which showed blood splatters, twisted metal and children's items, like a little red-heart shaped box.

A man speaking in one of the videos said the exhibition was for drawings by children from schools around the area.

An opposition activist from Aleppo now based in Berlin provided the AP with a copy of the invitation to the exhibition to confirm it was taking place.

The activist said he feared that his colleagues who organised the show were now dead.

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