BEIRUT — State-run Syrian television said Thursday that top army Gen. Jameh Jameh was killed while on duty in eastern Syria.
According to the report, Jameh, who was the head of the military intelligence directorate in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour, was killed by rebels in the provincial capital that carries the same name.
Numerous accounts on Twitter alleged that Jameh had been shot in the head in a possible assassination.
Jameh was one of the most powerful Syrian army officers in the country and played a major role in Lebanon when Damascus dominated its smaller neighbor. He was accused of playing a leading role in the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005, and was wanted for questioning.
State news agency SANA did not say when Jameh was killed, but did say that he “was martyred during fulfilling national duties of defending Syria and its people and hunting terrorists.”
The city of Deir el-Zour has witnessed clashes between troops and rebels for more than a year.