Syrian TV: Blast at university leaves casualties

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it was unclear if the Aleppo blast was inside or outside the university and if it was the result of an explosion or shelling.

In this photo taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrian men run to aid injured people in the aftermath of a strike by Syrian government warplanes on the residential neighborhood of Maadamiyeh south of Damascus, Syria, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. A Syrian airstrike slammed into a house in a rebellious suburb of Damascus early Monday, killing at least a dozen people including eight children, activists said, as President Bashar Assad's regime ramped up its operations against the opposition strongholds ringing the capital. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's state-run TV says an explosion has struck the main university in the northern city of Aleppo, causing casualties

The report didn't give further details about Tuesday's blast or specify the number of victims.

Aleppo is Syria's largest city and a former commercial hub. It has been a major front in the country's civil war since July, with frequent battles between regime troops and rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it was unclear if the Aleppo blast was inside or outside the university and if it was the result of an explosion or shelling.

Over the past months, Aleppo and the Syrian capital, Damascus, have been hit by a wave of explosions that have killed scores of people.

Associated Press
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