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Syria: rebel leader may have been killed

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A top rebel military leader, Riad al-Asaad, has been wounded and possibly killed by a bomb stuck to his car, according to Syrian activists.

Riad al-Asaad

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the blast targeted Col. Riad al-Asaad during a visit to the town of Mayadeen in eastern Syria.

Col. Riad al-Assad is a prominent army defector army who became head of the Free Syrian Army, an umbrella group that tried to gather rebel fighters under a unified command. But al-Asaad became little more than a figurehead and his group has been superseded by the Office of the Chiefs of Staff, associated with the opposition Syrian National Coalition, reports AP.

It should be added that there are conflicting reports on what exactly has happened to al-Asaad, with some saying he had been killed and others saying he lost a leg.

According to the UN, as many as 70,000 people have died in the two-year conflict. The number of Syrian refugees who have sought shelter in neighbouring countries has reached one million, BBC reported.

It is added that half of the refugees are children, most under the age of 11, who are often traumatised by their experiences.

The largest numbers of refugees were seeking shelter in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.

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