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Syria`s Assad replaces murdered Hama governor: SANA

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 18:50

Damascus: President Bashar al-Assad has replaced the governor of Hama province who was killed in a car bombing claimed by Islamist group Al-Nusra Front, Syria
`s official news agency SANA reported on Tuesday.

Ghassan Omar Khalaf was named governor of the central province, which is in parts controlled by anti-regime rebels, the agency said, without further details.

His predecessor Anas Abdel Razzaq al-Naem was killed on August 25 in Hama city.

He had been named four months after the March 2011 outbreak of the revolt against Assad, replacing a governor who was sacked following mass protests in Hama that were later crushed by government troops.

Al-Nusra Front, composed of jihadists, claimed the car-bomb attack, saying it was to avenge the alleged poison gas attacks on August 21 near Damascus that killed hundreds.

Assad`s father and predecessor Hafez al-Assad brutally put down a Muslim Brotherhood uprising in Hama city in 1982, killing between 10,000 and 40,000 people.


First Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 18:50
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