How the grinch stole Syria: Ahead of Christmas, Assad makes rare public appearance at a church

Published December 20th, 2015 - 05:48 GMT

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.

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