Syria’s national security chief dies from wounds

Syria’s national security chief dies from wounds 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.