From Homeland Security News Wire:
News reports: Assad, family flee Damascus
19 July 2012
The Wednesday assassination by Syrian insurgents of the of the top three government officials in charge of the anti-rebel campaign; the week-long fighting in and around Damascus – since yesterday, there have been pitched battles in the streets around the presidential palace; and the flight by Assad and his family from Damascus, are all indications that the uprising had reached a decisive moment in the overall struggle for Syria
Syrian president Assad and family have reportedly fled Damascus // Source: lajmidites.com
Reports from Syria say the President Bashar al-Assad and his family have fled Damascus to the village of Kardaha in the Alawite Mountains near the port city of Latakia. The Kuwaiti newspaper al-Rai says that his escape follows the assassination yesterday (Wednesday) of the top three security officials leading the fight against the insurgency, and a week of escalating fighting in the Syrian capital.
Reports from the Syrian capital say that there have been pitch battles between insurgent forces and the Syrian military in the streets around the presidential palace.
UPI quotes the London based Arab-language newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi to say that the presidential jet left Damascus on Wednesday. The newspaper said there are reports that Assad survived an assassination attempt on Tuesday evening and may be suffering from injuries to his legs and abdomen.
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