Head of Syria's air defence forces 'killed in Damascus'

The head of Syria's air defence forces has been killed in fighting east of Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

Residents inspect the damage in a destroyed neighbourhood in Aleppo on 18 May Credit: REUTERS/Hosam Katan

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 Defence 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.