Syria’s Assad in rare appearance for Eid prayers

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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad

DAMASCUS: Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad made a rare public appearance outside Damascus Friday for morning prayers marking the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha, state media reported.
Since the start of Syria’s devastating conflict in 2011, Assad has only left the capital on a few occasions.
This year, however, he has been able to venture further afield more frequently, including to the central province of Hama and to western Syria, as his forces and their allies have scored victories on the battlefield.
“President Assad prayed on Eid al-Azha… in the town of Qara” in western Qalamun, near Lebanon, the presidency tweeted, along with a picture of him kneeling in a mosque flanked by other officials.
State television showed footage of the Syrian leader smiling in the presence of his supporters inside the mosque in Qara. – APP

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