4 students killed in raid at Syrian university

May 3, 2012

Syrian security forces have raided residences at Aleppo University to disperse anti-government demonstrations there, killing at least 4 students and wounding several others. Approximately 1,500 students had been protesting in student quarters next to the main campus late Wednesday when security forces and pro-regime gunmen stormed their dormitories, firing tear gas and live ammunition to break up the protest. The raid followed an attack on the demonstrators by pro-regime students carrying knives. While the city of Aleppo has been largely spared from the violence that has plagued other Syrian cities, university students have been holding almost daily protests calling for the fall of President Bashar Assad's regime. One student says the campus and residences have been raided before, but Thursday's raid was the most violent. Associated Press