Syria regime denies rebel attack on president
A banner of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. 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. 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.
"Regarding the information reported by Al-Arabiya, I can assure you that it is completely false," Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi told state television. "The president arrived at the mosque driving his own car, he attended the prayer and greeted everyone in the mosque as he does every day when he meets people.
"Everything is normal," Zohbi added. Regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia is a strong supporter of the Sunni-led rebels seeking to oust Assad who belongs to the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.
Since the start of the anti-Assad uprising, Syria's regime has consistently dismissed the armed opposition as foreign-backed "terrorists".... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Daily Nation