A senior Syrian Air Force general has been shot dead by rebels in Damascus, state television has reported.
General Abdullah Mahmoud al-Khalidi was gunned down in a suburb of the capital on Monday evening as he left a friend's house.
A state television broadcast on Tuesday said: "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 assassination is the latest in a string of blows for President Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime. In July rebels managed to get a bomb into a government building killing the country's defence minister and Assad's brother-in-law, Assef Shawkat.
An escalation in violence has seen state forces graduating from using helicopter gunships to fighter jets to bomb rebel-held towns.
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