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29 May 2024

Syria's Assad in rare mosque appearance

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on January 12, 2014 shows Syrian President Bashar Al Assad (C-L) next to Syrian Grand Mufti Ahmed Hassun (C-R) attending prays on the eve of the anniversary of the birth of Islam's Prophet Mohammed at the Al Hamad mosque in Damascus. Prophet Mohammed was born in 570 AD in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and received his revelation at the age of 40 when he become the prophet. (AFP)


Syria's President Bashar Al Assad made a rare appearance on Sunday to attend prayers at a mosque in the capital Damascus, state television reported.

Assad, who has only been seen in public a few times since the Syrian conflict erupted in March 2011, was shown at the Al Hamad mosque in the capital's northwest for prayers marking the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).