Assad makes rare public appearance

Assad makes rare public appearance

Syria’s state-run TV has aired footage of the Syrian president performing Eid prayers in a mosque in Damascus.

It is the first appearance in public by Bashar Assad after a July 18 bombing in Damascus killed the country’s defence minister and three other top security officials, including the president’s brother-in-law.

Assad prayed at the Hamad Mosque in Damascus early today at the start of Eid al-Fitr, a three-day holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

The last time he appeared in public was on July 4 when he gave a speech in parliament.

Since then, there has been a sharp escalation in the country’s civil war with almost daily fighting in some districts of the capital between security forces and rebels seeking to topple Assad.

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