Syrian Rebel Army Says Six Assad Officials Killed

The Syrian activist opposition group, the Local Coordination Committee, is claiming that six high-ranking officials in President Bashar al-Assad’s regime have been killed, reportedly by poison. The regime is saying that such reports are “baseless.” One of those the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is claiming to have killed is Asif Shawkat, the head of Syrian intelligence — and Assad’s brother-in-law. Sources from the Revolutionary Council for Damascus are trying to confirm who exactly was killed or injured, says the Guardian.

A bomb exploded on Sunday near a convoy carrying General Robert Mood, the head of the United Nations team of observers in Syria. No casualties have been reported. The explosion occurred when Mood’s vehicle had stopped at any army checkpoint in the suburb of Douma near Damascus; the blast was large enough to blow off the front of a pick-up vehicle.

The activist opposition group, Local Coordination Committee, has also reported that 28 people have been killed including 19 in Hama, where heavy shelling by security forces has been reported in the town of Souran. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that three children are among those killed, says the BBC.

The explosion near General Mood’s convoy and the reports of people killed just today, Sunday, are further indications of how the violence between the Syrian regime and the armed opposition under the FSA has escalated in the past weeks, since a truce was negotiated by Kofi Annan, special envoy to the UN and the Arab League. Earlier this month, a convoy carrying General Mood near the southern city of Dera’a also narrowly avoided an explosion.

Currently there are 257 UN observers in Syria; their number is to increase to 300 by the end of May. Over 10,000 people have died so far in the uprising, which began in March of 2011.

 

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Photo of Assad speaking in January 2012 by Al Jazeera English

33 comments

Huber F.
Huber F.3 years ago

These explosions are deadly and destructive. Put an end to the these fallacies.

Crazy hecklers.

Samantha Richardson

I hope the fighting will end soon. It has to stop, and killing the top officials will eventually lead to a victory on one side or the other. Unless someone else steps in.

I pray for the safety of the Syrian civilians.

Michael C.
Michael C.3 years ago

Nicole M, Ask Prez. Obummer to stop American expansion, that should stop the problem.

Syria is part of the Arab Spring...an U.S. plan to destabilize nations in the Middle East and parts of Africa.

Search, Middle East Partnership Initiative.... there in lies the truth. It is a 7 year regime transformation...i.e. an imposed revolution; something like our "1st election", with "Baby Bush".

Carl Oerke
Carl O.3 years ago

While no caring human being should condone poitical assassination as a tool, it is safe to say that Assad's violently repressive regime should come to an end and as soon as possible.

John Duqesa
Past Member 3 years ago

Louise

"President Assad's... a dentist which everyone knows is a profession that attracts pure evil characters"


I assume that comment was ironic. He is, of course, an eye surgeon.

Bill Reese
Bill Reese3 years ago

What's going on in Syria needs to stop! The United States needs to stop supporting rebels to overthrow secular governments for the Brotherhood. The Brotherhood as stated already that it hates the US and yet we dump billions of dollars into the brotherhood while we help the brotherhood to kill thousands of Muslims and Christians alike.President Obama and sec. Clinton are spreading blood all over the middleeast just so the Brotherhood will have a larger base from which to attack Israel.
Thank God that Russia has sense enough to back Syria and protect its people from the likes of the brotherhood and the US administration.

Ian Fletcher
Ian Fletcher3 years ago

Too bad Syria doesn't have oil, otherwize help would already be on its way.
Instead they just have to rot. Thanks to the "International Community", real heroes!

Nicole McIntyre
Nicole McIntyre3 years ago

What's going on in Syria needs to stop !

eusebio vestias
vestias3 years ago

Enquando as duas potençias Mundias a Russia e a China não olhar para os seus parceiros e dizerem já basta deste conflito vamos ajudar este povo o que hoje se esta a passar na Siria é desumano. A Siria tem algumas pessoa que querem o poder á custa das armas

david randell
.3 years ago

its about time. revolutionary violence finally moving away from indiscriminate murder to the targeting of corrupt ruling eletes. if they extend that to targeting the economic and social exploiters and dominators, maybe the great revolution that cannot ever be will finally start. the whole notion of human 'governance' , the upheads lording it over the downheads, needs to be reformed at grass roots level, you cant make an omlet without breaking eggs. of course all active forces on all sides immediately succumb to the "leadership" of up heads, so the first task of any activist is probably to murder the activists on either side of them. what is really needed is an outside intervention from an extra planetary life form. the humans cant weed their own grden, its structurally impossible.