Syrian Expatriates Condemns the storming of Aleppo University Dormitories by Assad security forces and Asks the UNICEF to Take the Necessary Action to Protect Students.
Syrian Expatriates condemns the storming of Aleppo University dormitories by Assad security forces, and the reportedly killing students. “At least four students have been killed after security services stormed dorms at Aleppo University, activists and opposition groups said,” as reported by The Guardian
Dr Iyad Azrak, chairman of the SEO, said, ”Aleppo is considered the economic vein in Syria, that could play a vital role in the Syrian revolution. Assad regime has been striving to keep its iron fist on the city, in a frantic attempt to suppress any efforts to join the revolution strongly. The ignition of uprising in Aleppo has started from Aleppo University and its dormitories, where Students usually represent a wide spectrum of educated classes from all around the country, which refute the Syrian regime claim that those who are taking to the streets are terrorist gangs armed with artilleries and bombs.”
According to a US based activist reported to CNN, ”the regime typically has reacted to student demonstrators by surrounding the campus where they have been protesting, arresting a few students and beating them up. Now, they are ‘stepping up the brutality’ by firing tear gas and live ammunition. At Aleppo, one person died after security tossed him from a window.”
Mr Abdullah Ibraheem, SEO board member, said, “As an educated person who is watching the atrocities committed against our people everyday by Assad regime, it would be impossible to stay silent and neutral. Large number of the students studying in Aleppo University are originally from cities that have been leading the uprising i.e. Hama, Idleb, Deir Ez Zour, Homs and others. Those students have been watching Assad forces shelling their cities, committing crimes and atrocities against their own relatives, on a daily basis. Consequently, they could not stand being silent or not engaged in the revolution.”
As described by Todays Zaman, “Some students ran to their rooms to take cover but they were followed to their rooms, beaten up and arrested,” he said. “Others suffered cuts and broken bones as they tried to flee. On the next day, Syrian government announced the shutdown of the university and its dormitories due to the current situation and to be open again on the first day of final exams.”
Syrian Expatriates Organization condemns the Assad’s regime storming and killing of the university students, and urges the UNICEF to take the necessary actions to protect our university students from any future retaliation by Assad’s forces. SEO stresses the facts that university campuses generally are considered sanctuary places, where student must be safe and secure. Given the fact that Assad regime attacked the student inside the campuses, SEO urgently asks the international community to intervene and enforce the Syrian regime to stop crossing more red lines.