How the grinch stole Syria: Ahead of Christmas, Assad makes rare public appearance at a church
A handout image obtained from the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency shows President Bashar al-Assad (C-L) and his wife Asma al-Assad (C-R) posing for a picture with a Syrian man as they attend a Christmas choral presentation at the Lady of Damascus Catholic Church in the Syrian capital on December 18, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has made a visit to a Christian church in an eastern suburb of the capital Damascus as Christmas is approaching.
Assad made the surprise visit to the Lady of Damascus Catholic Church with his wife Asma on Friday evening where they watched a choir rehearse and took pictures with members of the congregation.
The eastern suburb of Damascus where the church is situated has been a target of Syrian rebels fighting against the government.