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Death Toll Rises in Syria University Bombing

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, damages cars are seen after an explosion hit a university in Aleppo, Syria, January 15, 2013.
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, damages cars are seen after an explosion hit a university in Aleppo, Syria, January 15, 2013.
VOA News
Fighting continues in areas across Syria Wednesday.  Meanwhile, a Syrian rights group says the death toll from two explosions at the University of Aleppo has risen to 87.

The opposition Local Coordination Committees reported shelling by government forces in Daraa, Homs and the suburbs around the capital, Damascus.

Meanwhile, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says more than 150 people were wounded in Tuesday's blasts in Aleppo and that the death toll could go higher.

The group told VOA there has been no claim of responsibility for the bombings.

Among the dead are students and refugees who had settled at the campus in Syria's largest city.

State media describe the explosions as a "terrorist attack," but did not specify the number of victims.  The country's education ministry says classes and exams will be suspended at the university Wednesday to mourn those who were killed.

The cause of the explosions is not clear, but the government and opposition activists blamed each other.

Aleppo, Syria's commercial hub, has been wracked by violence since rebels launched an all-out assault on the city in July 2012. The university is in government-controlled territory.

The observatory says nearly 200 people were killed Tuesday across Syria as rebel fighters continued their push to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad's government.

The 21-month conflict has killed at least 60,000 people.

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by: ekrem from: ankara
January 16, 2013 9:15 AM
The west including usa and uk, agrees on name of Esad, because they couldn t find any alternative yet which will keep relations tight with west, The Syrian national council has failed, the coalition has failed.. And the opposition on ground keep saying : we want to establish Islamic State, Caliphate.. Thats why the west keep playing on Esad, untill they find an alternative instead of Esed ..

by: Our Beloved Planet ! from: USA
January 16, 2013 7:45 AM
It’s Assad, is chief culprit of all pains and deaths in Syria.
So Brutally, Putin always feels very happy when the quantity of dead Syrians has been increasing remarkably.
Why?
Because, he will have got many chances to sell a lot of dangerous weapons to Assad.
To Putin, money is ALL, and forever, his power is always more precious than Russia as well as all people in the world.
And eternally, cruel violence is the best way for him, in order to get, protect and maintain his power.
The planet belongs to Putin?
Putin looks down on all people the world over so seriously.
Let’s stop all his so brutal plans towards all innocent and deplorable Syrians, through the savage hands of Assad as soon as possible!
Indirectly, Putin must also take full responsibility for all very painful deaths in Syria recently.
As a result, our necessary international military interventions in Syria, can be one of the best keys to break up Assad’s power to end all pains of Syrian people soon.
We ourselves - all right citizens of The Free World are really the top masters of the beloved and meaningful planet!
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by: Amira Attay from: Los Angeles
January 16, 2013 2:35 PM
It sounds to me like a terrorist attack to create more chaos and unrest. The government has no benefit bombing students that are taking exams. Also, those civilians that have settled there are obviously seeking refuge in a government controlled territory are pro regime. This is clearly a cheap shot terrorist attack on inocent civilians by this disgusting Al Qaeda type of group of armed terrorists. These loosers need to just be wiped. I am sick and tired of them and their suicide bombings all day long in the name of freedom. Syria will not be your safe heaven and the people of Syria don't want you.

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