Syrian air defense head killed near Damascus: monitoring group

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Posted: May 18, 2014 9:42 AM

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The head of Syria's Air Defense forces has been killed in fighting east of Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said on Sunday.

It said General Hussein Ishaq died of wounds suffered during a military offensive by President Bashar al-Assad's forces against rebels in Mleiha suburb, where the Air Defense administration has a large base.

State media made no mention of Ishaq's reported death but pro-Assad Internet sites said he had been killed in Mleiha, which has seen heavy fighting for several days.

(Reporting by Dominic Evans; Editing by Alison Williams)