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Opposition sources say General Assef Shawkat killed during heated argument with his aide
According to anti-Syrian regime activists, President Bashar al-Assad’s brother-in-law Assef Shawkat who was Syria’s deputy defense minister was buried on Wednesday in his hometown, which they identified as Madhale, near the Mediterranean coastal city of Tartous.
Several activists quoted by Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television said black flags were flying in Madhale in mourning.
On their Syrian Revolution Facebook page, online anti-regime activists wrote that: “Assef Shawkat is being buried right now in his home town Madhale … God curse him. He was poisoned.”
They said Shawkat’s body was transported to a hospital near his hometown that was emptied of patients on Tuesday evening.
Speculation over Shawkat’s fate first emerged on May 20 when Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya television br