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On Thursday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad dismissed Defense Minister Ali Ayoub and appointed Major General Ali Mahmoud Abbas in his place.
A Syrian presidential statement broadcast on the social networking sites of the Syrian presidency said that “Assad appointed Major General Ali Mahmoud Abbas to the position of Minister of Defense after he was serving as Chief of Staff.”
This is the first dismissal of a Syrian minister since the appointment of the Arnous government in early August.
Major General Ayoub has held the position of Minister of Defense in the Syrian government since January 1, 2018.
It is noteworthy that Major General Abbas is the fifth defense minister to be appointed since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis in mid-March 2011.
Yesterday, Wednesday, the Syrian government news agency (SANA) quoted a military source as saying that four soldiers were killed and three others were wounded as a result of the shelling launched by Israel on some points in the vicinity of Damascus on Tuesday/Wednesday night.
The source added that the bombing also resulted in some material losses.
According to Syrian reports, the air defenses managed to shoot down some missiles.
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