Iranian embassy: Official killed leaving Syria

By REUTERS
February 14, 2013 12:42

 
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BEIRUT - An Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander in charge of Tehran's reconstruction assistance in Lebanon has been killed in Syria by rebels battling Syrian President Bashar Assad, Iranian officials and a rebel commander said.

He said the attack was carried out by rebel fighters near the Syrian town of Zabadani, a few km from the Lebanese border.

The Iranian embassy in Lebanon said Hessam Khoshnevis was killed in an attack by "armed terrorist groups" on the road to Lebanon as he returned to Beirut from Damascus.

Iran has been a strong backer of Assad as he battles a 22-month uprising against his rule. The revolt has spiralled into civil war in which the United Nations says nearly 70,000 people have been killed.

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