By Ria Novosti
Militants killed a Syrian brigadier general on his way to work on Wednesday near the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.
Air Force General Khleif al-Abdullah was targeted by four militants in a car, who shot him dead near the al-Bassel Mosque in the al-Hamadaniyeh neighborhood.
The general had three children, two sons and a daughter.
More than 9,000 people have died in a year-long conflict between President Bashar Assad’s government and the opposition, according to the latest UN estimates. Western powers have called on Assad to step down but the demand was not included in UN envoy Kofi Annan’s plan for negotiating an end to a bloody standoff in the country.
The plan was supported by Assad’s government and Moscow, Assad’s main international backer.
Annan’s plan includes implementing UN-supervised ceasefire, ensuring nationwide access to humanitarian aid in Syria, releasing political prisoners, upholding freedom of movement and association and advancing political process in the country.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday urged Syrian opposition groups to accept Annan’s plan but the opposition has not commented on the proposal yet.