Assad government near collapse, says ex-prime minister

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In other violence across Syria on Tuesday, activists reported clashes and shelling in the northern city of Aleppo, southern province of Daraa, suburbs of Damascus and the northwestern region of Idlib.

State-run Syrian TV said gunmen fatally shot Maamoun al-Zoebi, deputy director of the Health Ministry in the southern province of Daraa, as he was leaving work. The station said four gunmen fatally shot him then took his car and drove away.

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