Rebels kill Syrian Air Force general

A senior Syrian Air Force general, Mahmoud al-Khalidi was shot dead by the rebels in a Damascus suburb, as per state television reports quoted by the BBC.

Last Updated: Oct 30, 2012, 23:40 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Syria: A senior Syrian Air Force general, Mahmoud al-Khalidi was shot dead by the rebels in a Damascus suburb, as per state television reports quoted by the BBC.
The incident took place late on Monday in the capital`s Rukn al-Din district.

The rebels have already attacked a lot of high-level figures from President Bashar al-Assad`s administration. This recent blow will surely hurt the Syrian government.

Earlier in July, the country`s defence minister, Assef Shawkat was also killed by a rebel bomb. Assef Shawkat was Assad`s brother-in-law.

"As part of their campaign to target national personalities and scientists, armed terrorist groups assassinated Air Force General Abdullah Mahmud al-Khalidi in the Damascus district of Rukn al-Din," the broadcaster said.

It added that he was one of Syria`s foremost experts in aviation.

He was also a member of the Syrian Air Force command, Agence France Presse reports.