Damascus University attack kills at least 15, Syria TV says

by | Mar 28, 2013 | News

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Mortar attacks killed at least 15 and injured 30 at the Syrian University of Damascus on Thursday, state-run TV reported.

Al-Ikhbariya TV, a pro-government channel, reported that a cafeteria in the architecture building at the university was hit by mortar shells fired by rebels.

Video released by the TV station showed broken plastic chairs, blood spilled, and doctors trying to help injured victims.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the attack saying many of the wounded were in critical condition, CBCNews.ca reported.

Damascus, the capital of Syria, is being torn apart by the ongoing conflict, BBC reports.

Trouble in the country continues to escalate with an estimated 70,000 people killed in the conflict the Red Cross is calling civil war.

Turkey has become home to some 200,000 refugees in camps situated along the Syrian border, while another 70,000 displaced are living in houses rented in several Turkish towns, al Jazeera reported.

On Wednesday, protests broke out in a Syrian refugee camp in Turkey, Al Jazeera reported.

Turkish police fired teargas and water to disperse the protesting crowd after a fire killed a child in the camp that houses 25,000 refugees.

There have been conflicting reports that Turkey was threatening to send refugees back to Syria.

The Turkish news agency Dogan said several hundred refugees had been sent back for playing a role in the unrest, the BBC reported. However, government officials played down the number, putting it closer to 50-60 people and saying that all those who returned did so voluntarily.

Also Thursday, Israel’s military said it was beefing up medical teams along the border with Syria following several cases of wounded Syrians crossing the frontier to seek medical assistance, CBCNews.ca reported.