(WARNING: CONTAINS SOME GRAPHIC CONTENT) March 28 - Syrian state-run television shows the aftermath of a rebel mortar attack on the canteen of Damascus University's College of Architecture that killed 15 Syrian students, according to pro-government media. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
WARNING -- STORY CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Fifteen Syrian students were killed on Thursday (March 28) when rebel mortar bombs landed on the canteen of Damascus University's College of Architecture, two pro-government television channels said. Al-Ikhbariya showed images of doctors pumping the chests of at least two young men and blood splattered on the floor of what appeared to be an outdoor canteen. One young women was shown walking in a hospital and bleeding heavily from her face. The college is in Baramkeh, a central Damascus suburb where mortar attacks by rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad have intensified this week. The university is surrounded by government buildings, including the Ministry of Defense, the headquarters for state media and the president's official residence. Once a bastion for Assad's forces, the capital has become a focal point of the two-year-old uprising against four decades of family rule that has developed into civil war in which more than 70,000 people have been killed. Rebels have formed a semi-circle around the capital and are trying to gain control of strategic areas to help them break into the center of Damascus.