State TV interrupted its broadcasts Tuesday to announce that Air Force Gen. Abdullah Mahmoud Al-Khalidi had been killed by armed gunmen in the Rukn al-Din district of Damascus.
Activists reported that during the four-day Eid al-Adha “truce,” 421 people were killed, including 39 children – most in the northern Idlib province. Another 35 deaths were reported Tuesday morning.
Fighting also raged in the Palestinian Yarmuk refugee camp of Damascus between rebels and pro-Assad Palestinians. DEBKAfile Special Video Tuesday depicted the free-for-all developing between Assad and Al Qaeda forces while rebel forces are severely hampered by a lack of heavy weapons.