Son of Syria’s grand mufti killed in ambush


A son of Syria’s Grand Mufti Shiekh Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun has been shot dead near Ibla University on Idleb-Aleppo highway, Syria’s official news agency SANA reported, as Syria.

Earlier, a relative of the grand mufti told Al Arabiya that Saria Hassoun, 22, received two bullets, one on his chest and another on his stomach, and that he was taken to Idleb National Hospital.

Hassoun was shot outside the university while he was talking to a professor, who was also killed in the ambush, the relative said.

The official news agency confirmed that an “armed terrorist group killed Professor of History at Aleppo University Dr. Mohammad al-Omar while he was on his way to the university.”

“Dr. al-Omar was accompanied by Saria Hassoun,” the agency added.

SANA also reported that gunmen in Homs killed Chairman of Thoracic Surgery Department at Homs National Hospital Dr. Hassan Eid on Sept. 25th, Engineer Aws Abdel Karim Khalil, a nuclear engineering specialist and charge d’affaires at al-Baath University on Sept.28, and Deputy Dean of the Architecture Faculty Mohammad Ali Aqil on Sept.26th.

Armed dissidents have targeted a series of suspected regime informers in several cities in an outburst of violence characterized by sectarian vendettas.

After more than six months of peaceful demonstrations against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad, Syria appeared to be going down the path of civil war.

Dozens of soldiers have deserted the military institution, accused of cooperating with the security forces in bloody crackdown against protesters. Deserters have regularly appeared on YouTube videos vowing to protect protesters against the Baathist regime’s brutal forces.

The city of Rastan has seen one of the toughest fights between government forces and armed dissidents. On Saturday, Syrian soldiers finally took control of the city from deserters and gunmen, according to activists.

Communication with the town of 40,000 people, 180 km (110 miles) north of Damascus, was difficult but Abdel-Rahman said a resident who managed to escape early on Saturday reported heavy gunfire throughout the night.

Syria says it is fighting terrorists there. The state news agency said on Friday seven soldiers and police were killed in the operation but had succeeded in inflicting “big losses on the armed terrorist groups.”


Photo: Syria’s Grand Mufti Shiekh Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, center, and his son Saria Hassoun. Saria was shot dead by gunmen on the on Idleb-Aleppo highway on Saturday.



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