Demonstration at Syrian university – students Protester killed
(Reuters) – Hundreds of Syrian students held a demonstration at Damascus University‘s science college on Monday, students inside the campus said.
An activist said he received SMS messages that Syrian security forces had killed one student and surrounded the campus in central Damascus. It was not immediately possible to verify the report. (Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis; editing by David Stamp)
The incident happened inside the campus of Damascus University on Monday, activists told the Associated Press.
Head of Syria‘s National Organization for Human Rights Ammar Qurabi said the student was shot dead.
However, Ausama Monajed, a London-based political activist, said the student was beaten to death.
On Sunday, several Syrian people, including nine security forces, were killed when a convoy of security forces was ambushed by “an armed group” near the northwestern coastal town of Banias, Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.
Anti-government protests demanding reform have been held in several Syrian cities over the past weeks. Scores of people have been killed during the protests.
Authorities have denied allegations that security forces are responsible for the death of protesters.
They blame the violence on armed groups, saying security forces have been given clear instructions not to hurt civilians.
Damascus says the protests and the ensuing violence are organized by foreign sources and aim to destabilize the country.