Syria took the rare step of denying reports of an attack on President Bashar al-Assad's motorcade as he drove to a Damascus mosque on Thursday for prayers marking Muslim holidays.
A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on August 8, 2013 shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (C) and Syrian Grand Mufti Ahmed Hassun (2ndR) attending the Eid al-Fitr morning prayer in Damascus. Syrian authorities took the rare step of denying media reports of an attack on Assad's motorcade as he travelled to a mosque on Thursday to attend prayers.
It was the first report of a direct attack on the embattled leader since the March 2011 outbreak of the anti-regime revolt in Syria.
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