DAMASCUS- Press reports said Sunday “The senior military physician is believed to be one of the highest-ranking officers killed in the conflict. President Bashar Assad's government blames 'an armed terrorist group.'”
Three gunmen waited for Brig. Gen. Issa Kholi and shot him as he left his residence, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported, according to same press reports.
Syria`s official media, Syrian TV & SANA news agency, reported "armed terrorist group" assassinated Brig. Gen. Issa al-Kholi, a military physician who was the director of Hamish Hospital, in front of his Damascus house Saturday morning,”
The killing occurred "In the framework of targeting the Syrian intellectuals and the medical and technical cadres," SANA reported.
SANA added “Martyr al-Kholi held a Bachelor's Degree in Arthritis from universities of Romania and got specialized in universities and hospitals in Paris. He was head of the Arthritis Division at Tishreen Military Hospital in 2004, then he held the position of chief doctor at Martyr Ahmad Hameesh Hospital.
The martyr was born in Jableh, Lattakia, in 1957 and left behind four children.”
"A number of efficient, skilled and specialized national cadres were assassinated by armed terrorist groups," said SANA, which cited the killings of a professor, a nuclear specialist, a teacher and a couple of engineers.
SANA also reported other assaults, “Meanwhile in the northern province of Idleb, an armed terrorist group burned the house of Mohammad Khaled al-Khudr, member of the Idleb Branch of the Arab Writers Union, in al-Maghara village in Ariha in Jabal al-Zawiya. Another group of terrorists blew off the house of the Lebanese al-Jadeed TV correspondent, Nidal Hmeidi, and his brother in the abovementioned village.”
U.N. officials estimate 6,000 people have died since protests seeking al-Assad's ouster began nearly a year ago. Other Syrian opposition groups say the toll has far exceeded 7,000.
Foreign press reports about Syria used to indicate that “they cannot independently confirm details of the fighting in Syria because the government has severely limited the access of international journalists, and especially at clash areas.”