BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian Education Ministry official says a mortar that hit a ninth-grade classroom in the Damascus suburbs has left 13 students and one teacher dead.
Earlier, state media gave a death toll of 29 students and a teacher. The government-run news agency SANA blamed the attack on terrorists, the term used by the government to refer to rebels fighting against the Bashar Assad regime.
According to the news agency, the mortar hit a school in a camp housing about 25,000 people who've been displaced from the Golan Heights since the 1967 war between Syria and Israel.
The violence comes as Syrian forces fire artillery at rebel targets in and around the capital. Rebels have made gains in recent weeks, overrunning military bases and bringing the fight to Damascus -- which has seen some of the heaviest fighting in more than four months.