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Deadly Mortar Attack Hits Damascus University

Insurgents have been waging a two-year fight against the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
Syrian state television reports that mortar shells have hit the Damascus University campus, killing 15 students.

The official SANA news agency said six others were wounded in the attack.

Al-Ikhbariya television said the mortar rounds struck the canteen of the university’s architecture department in the Baramkeh district in central Damascus on March 28.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed that the shells hit the campus.

Rebels fighting against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule are increasingly using mortars to hit targets in Damascus.

Earlier this week, mortar shells killed at least three people and wounded dozens in the capital.

In other news, the United Nations refugee agency has expressed deep concern over reports of deportations of Syrian refugees from Turkey.

On March 28, the Reuters news agency quoted an unnamed Turkish official as saying that Turkey sent hundreds of refugees back to Syria after clashes with military police at their camp near the border.

A protest against poor living conditions was reportedly sparked by the death of a child in a fire.

Melissa Fleming, chief spokeswoman of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said on March 28 the agency was "very concerned" over reports of "possible deportations from Akcakale Tent City in the past 24 hours."

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Levent Gumrukcu denied refugees were forcibly deported and said 50 to 60 Syrians had returned "voluntarily."

An estimated 1 million Syrians have fled the conflict into neighboring countries.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and AP