Dead, wounded in mortar attack on Damascus University: TV

A mortar attack on Damascus University killed and wounded several people on Thursday, Syrian state television reported, blaming rebels.

"Terrorists fire mortar rounds on the faculty of architecture in Damascus, and according to initial reports several people have been killed or wounded," the broadcaster said, using the regime term for rebels fighting against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Rebels have this week escalated mortar attacks on central Damascus, including Umayyad Square in the heart of the capital, which houses the state television headquarters.

At least five people have been killed in such attacks since Monday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed Thursday's attack.

"Several mortar rounds hit the Baramkeh area and the architecture faculty compound, causing several casualties," the Britain-based monitoring group said without elaborating.