Syrian President Bashar al - Assad has visited Damascus University to unveil a statue dedicated to the university’s martyrs, Syrian media say.
Syria’s official SANA news agency said President Assad joined thousands of students and the families of martyred students at the memorial ceremony on Saturday. No further details were reported, but Assad’s presence at the university came in a show of respect to the souls of students killed during the country’s two-year crisis. On March 28, some 15 Syrian students were killed after foreign-backed militants targeted the Damascus University’s Faculty of Architecture with mortar shells. More than 20 other students sustained injuries in the attack. The unrest in Syria began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the violence. The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals. Damascus also says the West and its regional allies, including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey are supporting the armed groups. In addition, several international human rights organizations have accused the militants fighting in Syria of committing war crimes.