University of Damascus hit by mortars

  • The University of Damascus was hit by mortar fire on Thursday, killing 15 students.

    Officials have blamed rebels for the attack, in which several people were also wounded.

    The mortars had hit the university's faculty of architecture.

    In recent weeks, rebel forces fighting against the government have stepped up the use of mortars in the capital.

    At least five people have been killed by mortar fire in Damascus since Monday.

    According to the United Nations, at least 70,000 people have been killed in the fighting in Syria since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began two years ago.

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