The brother of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad lost a leg in an attack on the security cabinet in Damascus in July, a Western diplomat told Reuters.
"We heard that he (Maher al-Assad) lost one of his legs during the explosion, but don't know anymore"
The news was confirmed by a Gulf source, who said "He lost one of his legs. The news is true."
An air strike by a Syrian plane in the northern rebel-held town of Azaz killed 30 people and wounded scores of others, a local doctor said.
The UN Special Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan has admitted he is "frustrated and impatient" over the continued violence and killing in Syria.
So after weeks of insisting his peace mission is the only game in town, it might be that Kofi Annan is preparing to pack up and leave.