Mikhail Bogdanov tells Saudi paper that the president’s brother was severely injured in last month’s blast in Damascus
According to Timesofisrael
After an 18-month uprising, Syrian President Bashar Assad is willing to relinquish his power, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told Saudi paper Al-Wattan, Israel Radio reported Tuesday. Bogdanov said that what’s needed now is a way to ensure a smooth transition of powers.
The Russian diplomat also revealed that the president’s brother, Maher Assad, was severely injured in the blast that killed several key regime officials in Damascus last month. According to the report, Maher Assad, who is the commander of Syria’s 4th Division and the Republican Guards in charge of protecting the capital, lost his legs and suffered life threatening injuries to his lower body in the explosion.
Four senior officials were killed in the blast that took place in the national security headquarters, including deputy defense minister Gen. Assef Shawkat, who was married to Assad’s elder sister, Defense Minister Dawoud Rajha, National Security chief Gen. Hisham Ikhtiyar and Hassan Turkmani, a former defense minister.