Syria: Parliament speaker's brother killed

2012-11-06 16:00

Beirut - Gunmen assassinated the brother of Syria's speaker of parliament on Tuesday, state television said, in the latest episode of a deadly campaign against people regarded as linked to President Bashar Assad.

Targets have included parliamentarians, ruling Baath party officials and their relatives. Even actors and doctors viewed as Assad supporters have been killed in a 19-month-old uprising that has cost more than 32 000 dead.

"Gunmen assassinated Mohammed Osama al-Laham, brother of the speaker of parliament, in Midan, Damascus," state television said, without giving details.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the killing.

More attacks

Last month rebels killed the brother of Khalid Abboud, a member of parliament from the southern town of Deraa. The son of prominent lawmaker Mohammed Kheir al-Mashi was slain in northern Syria.

On Sunday, state news agency SANA reported that rebels had killed a Baath party official in the north. Rebels also said they had killed actor Mohammad Rafei in the Barzeh neighbourhood of Damascus after he was kidnapped on Friday.

Rami Abdelrahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based opposition watchdog, said activists in Barzeh had said Rafei, known for his soap opera roles, had been killed because he backed Assad and gave information to the security forces about protesters and rebels.

"Almost every day there are such attacks and there will be many more in the next few days," said Abdelrahman, who has an extensive network of activist and rebel contacts in Syria.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-11-06 17:53

    . This assad terrorist will kill ANYONE in his way to cling to power. There is enough evidence that he murdered his Defense Minister and his own brother in law!!!! Psychopaths in a corner are dangerous animals !!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-11-06 20:09

      Patrick, The ONLY known 'foreign terrorists' are from Lebanon, Russia and Iran, The REST ONLY exists in your violent mind !!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-11-07 06:39

      Fidel / Patrick, What is always very comforting , is that your points of few, especially when it comes to RACISM and HATRED ,are shared by less than 3 % of Africa's population !!!! Elections held over all of Africa PROOF this, including SA !! Your heroes-------gaddafi---------mugabe-------assad------- are NOT Africa's heroes!!!!!!! The two of you, not only have a VIOLENT mind, but a mind full of CRAZED FANTASIES !!! ( Patrick--------35 % =======PHEWWWWWW )

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-11-06 18:32

    Not surprising that these same "opposition fighters" that the West has so fervently supported over the last almost two years should now show their true colors as ruthless murdering killers...Assad was the enemy because he stood in the West's way regarding Israel and Lebanon and also he supported Hezbollah..never did they ever think that maybe Assad and his father before him were a stabilizing force in a dangerous area.Now the dogs have been unleashed and no doubt some new terrorist leader will raise up form his own organization and wage war on the West from his new base in Syria.This poor country will implode into a middle eastern Somalia causing the whole region to become ungovernable.Poor Israel will have a far more dangerous hot bed of maniacs soon on its Golan heights...well Russia and China did warn..but nobody in the West took them seriously!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-07 04:09

      Silly and stubborn. Everyone knows the West is doing virtually nothing to help the Free Syria Army.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-06 23:50

    Wonder if this bogus human rights observatory will include this murder in its civilian count.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-11-07 01:27

      Fidel, It really does not matter, who of the 35000 deaths is a civilian, a soldier, or a freedom fighter. What does matter, is that ALL these deaths are being caused by ONE man !!!!!! It is INSANE, like that!!!!

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