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Some Syrian schools erase Assad but tensions rise over Kurdish

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Children attend their first class after they got registered at the school in Hazema North Raqqa, Syria August 21, 2017.Picture taken August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

HAZIMA, Syria (Reuters) – The few bullet-marked schools Islamic State did not flatten or booby trap around its former Syrian stronghold of Raqqa are buzzing for the first time in years with the sound of children learning.

In the village of Hazima, north of Raqqa, teachers gave ad-hoc alphabet lessons to crammed classrooms on a recent summer’s day before the start of term.

“Right now, the most important thing is to get children into class,” said teacher Ahmed al-Ahmed, standing next to a hole in the school stairwell left by a mine blast that wounded a colleague.

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