Russia backed Alawites stormed student dormitories at a university in the city of Aleppo following anti-government protests there, killing at least four students and wounding several others.
On Thursday, Assad regime security forces and armed pro-Assad militants fired tear gas and live ammunition to disperse the students at Aleppo University after entering the students' residences late on Wednesday night.
Raids and intermittent gunfire continued until early morning on Thursday.
More than 50 students were taken hostage by Alawite thugs.
Assad regime forces demanded through loudspeakers that the dorms be evacuated, then began detaining the students.
The deadly incident prompted the University of Aleppo to announce on its website that it was suspending classes until after final exams on May 13.
Aleppo - the country's second city - has been largely spared from the Alawite violence that has plagued other Syrian cities, but the university students have been staging almost daily protests calling for an end to bloody Assad's dictatorship.