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US blames Assad regime for 'despicable' campus blasts

Published on Jan 17, 2013 6:02 AM
 
Syrian security personnel and civilians gather at the site where two explosions rocked the University of Aleppo in Syria's second largest city, Jan 15, 2013. At least 15 people were killed and dozens wounded in two explosions that rocked the University of Aleppo in Syria's second largest city on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States on Wednesday condemned the "despicable attack" on university buildings in the Syrian city of Aleppo, blaming the regime for unleashing air strikes that killed at least 82 people.

"The United States is appalled and saddened by the Syrian regime's deadly attack yesterday on the University of Aleppo," State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland said, adding most of the victims were students and refugees.

"According to eyewitnesses at the scene, regime planes launched aerial strikes on university facilities," she told journalists. "We condemn this despicable attack on unarmed civilians and continue to emphasize that those responsible for unlawful killings and other violations of international law will be identified and held accountable."

The United States also sent its "sympathies and condolences... to all those devastated by this senseless tragedy."

 
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