The past week has seen multiple bombings in Syria, with more than 80 killed in a Tuesday attack on Aleppo University and more than 20 killed in suicide bombings in the Idlib Province on Wednesday. Scott Lucas highlights conflicting reports on the party responsible for the University attacks:
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has criticised US media for accusations blaming Tuesday’s blasts at Aleppo University on the Syrian regime: “Yesterday I saw a semi-neutral report on CNN that it was not ruled out that this terrorist act had been staged by the government forces themselves. I cannot imagine anything more blasphemous.” In a statement on Wednesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry blamed “terrorists” for the “merciless bloody provocation”, which was “the terrorists’ revenge for the significant losses sustained in their confrontation with government forces”.
In contrast, US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said, “The United States is appalled and saddened by the Syrian regime’s deadly attack yesterday on the University of Aleppo.”
The Local Coordination Committees (LCC) is an activist network operating both inside and outside of Syria. They claim to use stringent verification processes to ensure that a member of the LCC can vouch for any information posted either on their Facebook page or their website. The LCC also populates a database of those killed in the Syrian conflict, which can be seen at the website for the Center for Documentation of Violations in Syria. The LCC’s casualty figures are a mix of insurgents and civilians, and never include regime casualties. Syrian State Media has stopped reporting regime casualty figures.
The NYT captions the above video:
A description of the video posted on YouTube by ANA, which is run from Cairo by the British-Syrian activist Rami Jarrah, said that the video was filmed by an activist just after the university was hit by a missile fired from a Syrian Air Force MIG fighter jet, and captured the impact of a second airstrike.