Άλλη εκδοχή τον θέλει τραυματισμένο ακόμη και νεκρό. Το πού ακριβώς βρίκεται η αλήθεια δε γνωρίζει κανείς. Πάντως το γεγονός έχει πάρει διαστάσεις θρίλερ.
Σύμφωνα με τις τελευταίες πληροφορίες, η Μόσχα έπσευσε να διαψεύσει ότι ο Άσαντ βρίσκεται στη Ρωσία, ωστόσο και πάλι δημιουργούνται ερωτήματα λόγω της διπλωματικής απάντησης ότι δηλαδή ο Άσαντ δεν έλαβε επίσημη πρόσκληση για να πάει στη Μόσχα. Όπως είναι γνωστό, σε αυτές τις περιπτώσεις δεν είναι απαραίτητη η επίσημη πρόσκληση, όπως σχολιάζει το NewsIt…
Σύμφωνα με το συριακό πρακτορείο ειδήσεων Sana τουλάχιστον 24 άνθρωποι τραυματίσθηκαν, ορισμένοι από τους οποίους είναι σε κρίσιμη κατάσταση.
Προκλήθηκαν ζημιές σε πολλά κτίρια.
The army’s assault appears to have staved off a rebel advance into central Damascus so far. But neither side has gained ground in recent days, and fighting continues along the outskirts of the city despite heavy shelling by Assad’s forces.
Clashes around Damascus International Airport went into their fourth day on Sunday. It has effectively been closed since Thursday when the army tried to push back rebels there who say the entire airport road had become a battleground.
“The Free Syrian Army is striking the reinforcements trying to enter the airport to help the regime’s forces…there are clashes all along the airport road,” said Abu Nidal, a rebel spokesman in Damascus, speaking by Skype.
Rebels say they want to control the airport because the army has used it to bring in weapons. Western intelligence reports earlier this year said that Iran, Assad’s main backer, had been using civilian aircraft to fly military equipment and personnel through Iraqi airspace into Syria.
American officials say that arms flow has continued due to Iraqi reluctance to check flights, according to a New York Times article. It said only two inspections had occurred since Iraq agreed to a U.S. request in September and that Iran may have been tipped off about the searches.
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told reporters in a press conference in Baghdad that there was no such request.
“There is no ability to inspect all planes destined to Syria and there was no U.S. request to inspect all aircrafts because they know that this is not possible,” he said on Sunday.
“We said to the Syrians, Iranians, U.S, UN and the world, we said as the Iraqi Government, we are committed to (prevent) the weapon … We prevent the passage of arms for you because our constitution states that Iraq is not a pathway or a seat for any similar actions”.
In Syria’s central city of Homs, a car bomb killed at least 15 people and wounded 24 on Sunday, Syria’s state news agency SANA said. It said the blast in the city’s Hamra district also damaged many nearby residential buildings.
There has been a rise in the number of car bombs around the country. The British-based Observatory, which has a network of activists across Syria, reported four car bombs on Saturday.
Violence has risen in Syria particularly since rebels began to contest Assad’s control around the capital and Syria’s largest city Aleppo, but foreign powers remain deadlocked.
Western countries support the opposition but Russia, Syria’s main arms supplier, and China have blocked three U.N. Security Council resolutions condemning Assad and reject sanctions on his government.
Assad, whose family has ruled Syria for four decades, says he is fighting off radical Islamist militants funded by the West and Gulf Arab countries.
State television on Sunday said the army had been “eliminating al Qaeda terrorists” in several suburbs surrounding Damascus including the rebel stronghold of Daraya.
The army entered part of Daraya, rebels said, a suburb on the southern outskirts of Damascus where fighters have launched mortars into the city. Rebel spokesman Abu Nidal said the army had entered one side of the town but that rebels were still in control of the rest of the area and were fighting back.
The army was firing heavy artillery and rockets into the town, rebels said.
(Editing by Anna Willard) For Reuters.