80 killed in two explosions at Aleppo University

80 killed in two explosions at Aleppo University
# 15 January 2013 18:53 (UTC +04:00)

An opposition watchdog said one of the explosions has hit an area between the university dormitories and the Faculty of Architecture. It was not immediately clear where the second blast had happened.

State television said "terrorists launched two rockets" at the university complex.

Press TV has learned that women and children are among the dead.

"The explosion caused casualties among both students on their first day of exams, and people displaced from areas of the city damaged by terrorist attacks and who have sought refuge in the university complex," agency reported.

Aleppo University is the second largest university in Syria after the University of Damascus. It is also considered as the top academic institution in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

There were no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosions, but the Damascus has accused foreign-backed terrorists fighting against the Syrian government of similar incidents.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the turmoil.

A recent UN report has revealed that militants from 29 countries have so far infiltrated into Syria to fight against the Damascus government, most of whom are extremist Salafists.

The Syrian government has repeatedly said that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and that a very large number of the militants operating in the country are foreign nationals.

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