Wednesday Jan 16, 201304:21 PM GMT
Russia condemns attacks on Syrian University of Aleppo
A Syrian man stands in the debris following an explosion outside the University of Aleppo, between the university dormitories and the Architecture Faculty, January 15, 2013.
A Syrian man stands in the debris following an explosion outside the University of Aleppo, between the university dormitories and the Architecture Faculty, January 15, 2013.
Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:16PM
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Russia has condemned the recent attacks on the Syrian University of Aleppo that killed 87 people, blaming the explosions on “terrorists.”


The Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday said yesterday’s attacks in the northern city of Aleppo were carried out by the enemies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"We condemn the latest mass killing of innocent people in Syria in the most decisive way," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Members of the international community have sympathized with the armed rebel groups in Syria and those countries should take "a similarly uncompromising position toward terrorism," the ministry added.

"It is clear that this was a ruthless, bloody provocation, revenge by terrorists for significant losses they have sustained in the confrontation with government forces," Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry, said in a statement.

Terrorists launched two rockets at the university complex on Tuesday. The explosions reportedly targeted an area between the halls of residence and the Faculty of Architecture on the first day of exams.

Some displaced Syrians, including women and children, who had sought refuge at the university complex were among the casualties.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the turmoil.

A recent United Nations (UN) report revealed that militants from 29 countries have so far infiltrated into Syria.

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