Moscow: Syrian rebels have claimed to have captured Housam al-Assad, the
cousin of President Bashar al-Assad, the Al Arabiya news channel
Assad's cousin was arrested by the al-Farouq brigade of the rebel
Free Syrian Army, according to Sheikh Adnan Al Arour, a Sunni
Muslim preacher and a major Salafist leader in Syria.
"Housam al-Assad, the cousin of Bashar has been captured," Arour
announced on his Twitter account.
The 73-year-old Arour fled Syria under the rule of Hafez al-Assad
following the 1982 massacre in his hometown of Hama and settled in
He has become one of the symbolic figures of the Syrian uprising
against the Assad regime.
The Syrian conflict has claimed up to 20,000 lives, according to
various groups. The UN puts the toll at over 18,000 people, while
Syrian authorities say 8,000 have died.