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At least 68 Syrian refugee kids were slaughtered while waiting for an afternoon snack in a bomb attack on a bus convoy that killed some 126 people on Saturday, according to a new report.
At least 109 of those who died when an explosive-laden truck detonated were from a group of 5,000 refugees being evacuated to Aleppo from besieged towns, while the rest were aid workers and rebel soldiers, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports.
The kids were sitting ducks — they had gathered in the area as aid vehicles handed out chips, according to the BBC.
Pope Francis condemned the attack as “vile” in his Easter address, and offered a prayer for the victims of the war and those working to help them.
“May [God] sustain the efforts of those who are actively working to bring comfort and relief to the civilian population in beloved Syria, who are greatly suffering from a war that does not cease to sow horror and death,” he said.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. State-run media has blamed “terrorist groups” and groups fighting under the Free Syrian Army, the country’s main opposition, condemned the bombing as a “treacherous terrorist attack.”