Syria says 10 dead in attack on school
BEIRUT – A mortar slammed into a ninth-grade classroom in the Damascus suburbs Tuesday, killing nine 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 reported earlier that 30 people had been killed, but later revised its report with the lower death toll. It blamed the attack on terrorists, the term the regime uses for rebels who are fighting to topple the government.
The violence comes as Syrian forces fired artillery at rebel targets in and around the capital and the international community grew increasingly alarmed about the regime’s chemical weapons stocks. Syrian rebels have made gains in recent weeks, overrunning military bases and bringing the fight to Damascus.
Settlement expansion could mean 1 state
RAMALLAH, West Bank – Israel’s latest settlement plans will destroy any lingering hopes of setting up a Palestinian state next to Israel, a senior Palestinian official warned Tuesday, as international anger about the construction snowballed.
Israel announced the plans in response to last week’s U.N. recognition of a state of Palestine in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, lands Israel occupied in 1967, as a non-member observer at the General Assembly.