Syria says 30 killed in mortar attack on school

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BEIRUT — A mortar slammed into a ninth-grade classroom in the Damascus suburbs today, killing 29 students and a teacher, according to state media, as the civil war closed in on President Bashar Assad’s seat of power.

The state-run news agency SANA blamed the attack on terrorists, the term the regime uses for rebels who are fighting to topple the government.

The mortar hit the al-Batiha school in al-Wafideen camp, about 15 miles northeast of Damascus, according to SANA. The camp houses 25,000 people displaced from the Golan Heights since the 1967 war between Syria and Israel.

“It’s a terrorist attack on educational institutions and on students,” Hassan Mohsen, the director of Quneitra Education Department, told The Associated Press.

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