(Haaretz) Syrian President Bashar Assad's brother, Maher, who commands the Fourth Armored Division of the Syrian military, lost both of his legs in a Damascus bomb attack on July 18, Saudi newspaper Al-Watan reported on Tuesday.
Quoting Russian deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov, the newspaper reported that Maher Assad's condition "is very serious and he is fighting for his life."
The July blast took place during a high-level meeting at the state security ministry in the capital. Among those killed were Defense Minister Daoud Rajha, former Defense Minister Hassan Turkmani, and Assad brother-in-law Assef Shawkat, who served as the country's deputy defense minister. The suicide attack was carried out by a bodyguard for the president's inner circle, a Syrian security source said at the time. Until now it was unclear whether Maher Assad had attended the meeting.
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