Government blames rebels for shelling that killed at least 10 at a university in Damascus

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Posted on March 28, 2013 at 2:04 PM

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian government is blaming rebels for today's mortar attack that hit a university in Damascus -- but anti-regime activists say the government staged the attacks to turn civilians against them.

At least 10 students at Damascus University were killed when the shells hit an outdoor cafe. State TV said 15 people were killed, but the official Syrian news agency put the death toll at 10, and said dozens were wounded. It also reported three other mortar strikes nearby.

As rebels fighting against the government of Bashar Assad try to enter the capital, the mortar strikes have increased in recent weeks -- terrifying civilians whose support is needed by the opposition.

Since last month, mortar shells have hit previously-safe parts of the capital with increasing frequency.

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APPHOTO BEI106: In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a Syrian doctor, left, treats an injured man, right, who was wounded at the open-air cafeteria at Damascus University in the central Baramkeh district, in Damascus, Syria, Thursday, March 28, 2013. Mortar shells slammed into a cafeteria at Damascus University, killing several people and wounding scores, according to state media and an official. It was the deadliest in a string of such attacks on President Bashar Assad's seat of power, state media and an official said. (AP Photo/SANA) (28 Mar 2013)

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