Aleppo university suspends classes after killings

Published Thursday, May 3, 2012

Syria's Aleppo University on Thursday announced it was suspending classes after pro-government forces reportedly killed four students and arrested more than 200 in a campus raid during anti-regime protests, according to activists.

In a message posted on its website, the northern city's university told students that classes were suspended until final exams on May 13.

"Dear students, due to the current situation, classes of theory-based majors will be suspended until the beginning of exams.
Classes of practice-based majors and institutes will be suspended until 13-5-2012, in order for the practice-based exams to take place," the statement read.

The closure came after troops and armed supporters stormed an anti-regime protest on campus overnight, killing four students and arresting more than 200, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Britain-based watchdog also reported that 28 students were wounded, three of them critically.

Rami Abdelrahman, head of the Observatory, said the events in Aleppo could mark a turning point for Syria's second city and commercial powerhouse which has largely been spared the unrest shaking the country for nearly 14 months.

"Security forces stormed the university in response to increased student protests lately inside and outside the campus," he said.

"The university suspended classes because neither the management nor the security forces seem able to control the situation."

Meanwhile, Syria laid to rest nine soldiers killed in previous day clashes with rebels in Deraa, Latakia and Damascus Countryside, Syria's official news agency, SANA, reported.

Overall, more than 9,000 people have died in Syria since the revolt against the regime of Bashar Assad broke out in March last year, according to the UN.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)

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