Syrian Air Force General Abdullah Mahmoud Al-Khalidi 'Shot Dead By Rebels'

30/10/2012 17:16

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."

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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