February 11, 2012
Syria’s state-run news agency says gunmen have assassinated an army general in the capital Damascus.
It’s the first killing of a high military officer in the Syrian capital since the uprising against President Bashar Assad’s regime began in March.
The SANA news agency says three gunmen opened fire at Brigedier-General Issa al-Khouli on Saturday morning as he left his home in the Damascus neighborhood of Rukn-Eddine. Al-Khouli was a doctor and the chief of a military hospital in the capital. The attack indicates that violence in Syria is reaching the tightly controlled capital, which has been relatively quiet compared to other cities.
Syrian forces unleashed new tank and rocket bombardments on opposition neighborhoods of Homs on Saturday while diplomats sought United Nations backing for an Arab plan to end 11 months of bloodshed in Syria.
Activists said seven people were killed in the latest attacks in a week-long government siege of Homs, a battered city at the heart of the uprising to oust President Bashar al-Assad.