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At least 15 dead in shelling at Damascus University

Thursday - 3/28/2013, 12:28pm  ET

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Mortar shells have hit a cafeteria at Damascus University in Syria. And according to state media and Syrian officials, at least 15 people have been killed, with 20 others wounded.

Rebels began firing shells at the capital earlier this year, and the attacks have become increasingly common in recent weeks.

State-run TV says the mortar shells struck the cafeteria of the university's architecture department.

There's no claim of responsibility for the attack, which came two days after rebels pounded Damascus with mortar shells that left at least three people dead and wounded dozens.

The shelling has shattered the air of normalcy that the government has tried to cultivate in Damascus. In recent days, rebels have struck deeper than ever into the heart of the city, to try to loosen President Bashar Assad's grip on his main stronghold.

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APPHOTO BEI104: In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian doctors treat an injured man who was wounded at the open-air cafeteria at Damascus University in the central Baramkeh district, in Damascus, Syria, Thursday, March 28, 2013. Mortar shells slammed into a cafeteria at Damascus University, killing at several people and wounding scores, according to state media and an official. It was the deadliest in a string of such attacks on President Bashar Assad's seat of power, state media and an official said. (AP Photo/SANA) (28 Mar 2013)


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