A pro-government Syrian TV channel, al-Dunya, on Sunday denied media reports that Jamil Hassan, head of Syria’s air force intelligence, had been assassinated.
Al-Arabiya TV reported earlier in the day, citing Syrian opposition sources, that the air force intelligence chief had been shot dead in his Damascus office by one of his aides, a secret supporter of the opposition. Hassan is considered one of President Bashar al-Assad’s closest advisors.
“The information about the assassination of Syria’s air force intelligence chief Jamil Hassan… is absolutely false,” the channel said.
The information war between the government and rebels has been an ongoing element of the Syrian crisis since it began in March 2011.
In a separate development, Syrian Vice President Farouk Al-Sharaa made his first public appearance in several weeks on Sunday, ending media rumors that he had defected to Jordan, Lebanon’s Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Manar TV reported.
The official attended a meeting with Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of Iran's national security and foreign policy parliamentary committee.
The Syrian conflict has claimed up to 20,000 lives, according to estimates by various Syrian opposition groups. The West is pushing for Assad’s ouster, while Russia and China are trying to prevent outside interference in Syria saying the Assad regime and the opposition are both to blame for the bloodshed.