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Syria’s national security chief dies from wounds

Last Updated: Friday, July 20, 2012 - 16:47

Zeenews Bureau

Beirut: Major General Hisham Ikhtiar, who heads Syria’s National Security Department, succumbed to his injuries on Friday morning.

Ikhtiar is the fourth regime insider to die as a result of Wednesday attack at national security offices.
The others killed in Wednesday`s blast were General Assef Shawkat, the deputy defense minister who was married to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad`s elder sister, defense minister Dawoud Rajha and Hassan Turkmani, a former defense minister.

In the meantime, Russia`s envoy to France, Alexander Orlov, said Bashar al-Assad has agreed to step down.

Last month at a conference in Geneva, according to Orlov, "Assad nominated his representative to lead the negotiations with the opposition for this transition. That means he accepted to leave, but in a civilised way.”
Syrian Information Ministry has called Orlov’s claim as baseless.

First Published: Friday, July 20, 2012 - 16:05

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