TEHRAN, YJC. -- The leader of the Free Syrian Army was wounded in a car bomb explosion early on Monday, media outlets in the Arab world are reporting.
Al Jazeera reported that Riad al-Asaad, the commander of the rebel force, was severely wounded after an explosive device was attached to his vehicle.
The explosion occurred in the city of Al-Maydan, in the Deir Ezzor province. One of Asaad's aids was also wounded in the attack.
An FSA spokesperson told Al Arabiya that Asaad was being treated in Turkey.
"[Syrian President Bashar] Assad’s attempt to kill Riad al-Assaad was to punish the eastern areas, such as Al-Reqqa and Deir Ezzor, held by rebels,” Louay Almokdad told Al Arabiya. "No matter who they [Assad forces] kill, and no matter what they destroy, the uprising against the regime will continue.”