Son of Syria’s grand mufti, professor killed in ambush near Ibla University


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

Earlier, a relative of the grand mufti told Al Arabiya that Saria Hassoun, 22, was hit by two bullets, one to his chest and another to 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.” SANA also reported that gunmen in Homs killed the chairman of thoracic surgery at Homs National Hospital, Dr. Hassan Eid, on Sept. 25, an engineer, Aws Abdel Karim Khalil, a nuclear engineering specialist and charge d'affaires at al-Baath University, on Sept. 28, and the deputy dean of the architecture faculty, Mohammad Ali Aqil on Sept. 26.

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

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

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

The city of Rastan has been the scene of some of the most violent battles seen between government forces and armed dissidents.

On Saturday, Syrian soldiers took control of the city from deserters and gunmen, according to activists.

Communication with the town of 40,000 people, 180 kilometers (110
miles) north of Damascus, was difficult, but 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 that seven soldiers and police officers were killed in the operation but had succeeded in inflicting “big losses on the armed terrorist groups.”