Syrian security forces killed at least four students after raiding dormitories at an Aleppo University, according to activists on Thursday, media reports said.
One of many recent anti-government protests was taking place at the university, and it was dispersed after soldiers fired tear gas and live ammunition at demonstrators, an activist said, according to Al-Jazeera. The activist said raids and gunfire continued until Thursday morning, with around 50 students arrested.
“Regime forces demanded through loudspeakers that the dorms be evacuated, then began detaining the students,” the Local Coordination Committees network told the broadcaster.
The university told students on Thursday that classes were suspended until final exams on May 13, Al-Jazeera reported.
“Some students ran to their rooms to take cover but they were followed to their rooms, beaten up and arrested,” student activist Thaer al-Ahmed told The Associated Press. “Others suffered cuts and broken bones as they tried to flee.”
Protests took place on Thursday after the nighttime raids on students.
“It is hard to get any information from the students right now. The situation is tense. Security forces are surrounding the campus,” Mustafa, an activist in the city, told Reuters.