Syria’s Assad filmed in rare visit to Damascus frontline

Published June 28th, 2016 - 11:00 GMT
Footage showing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visiting troops on the frontline near Damascus was broadcast on pro-government TV. (Euronews)
Footage showing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visiting troops on the frontline near Damascus was broadcast on pro-government TV. (Euronews)

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has paid a rare visit to the frontline of the country’s civil war.

Filmed in a Damascus suburb on Sunday at an air base recently recaptured by government forces, Assad was seen touring several positions and talking with government troops.

Now in its fifth year, the Syrian conflict, which began as an uprising against Assad’s rule, has killed more than 250,000 people and displaced 11 million others.

The footage, broadcast on pro-government channel Syrian TV, also showed Syria’s President breaking fast with troops, who continue to fight during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held talks with Syria’s moderate opposition leader Ahmad Jarba in Moscow on Monday.

During the meeting, Lavrov once again said it was for the Syrian people to decide their own fate without any interference from outside.

Last year, Russia deployed fighter planes to Syria to support President Assad. 


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