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Syria's President Assad in rare mosque appearance: TV

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (3rd L) attends a religious ceremony on the occasion the Prophet Mohammed's birthday at al-Hamd mosque in Damascus January 12, 2014, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. REUTERS/SANA/Handout via Reuters

DAMASCUS: 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.

 

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