Iranian sources circulated “rumors” that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was subjected to an assassination attempt upon his arrival at the Hassan Mosque in the Damascus neighborhood of Midan, to participate in the Eid al-Fitr prayer, yesterday.
The two government agencies, “Mehr” and “ISNA”, relied on breaking news published by “Al-Manar” channel, the platform of the Lebanese “Hezbollah”. The Tabnak website reported that “the Syrian president received citizens from Al-Hassan Mosque, located in the Al-Midan area, and he is in good health.”
However, the Iranian sources indicated in the first moments that the Syrian security sources did not address the details of al-Assad’s exposure to the assassination attempt, and noted that video clips circulated from the moment he arrived at the mosque and received him from citizens before the Eid al-Fitr prayer, “it turns out that he is in good health.”
Subsequently, ISNA reported that “some news websites reported on (Al-Manar) information about Assad being subjected to an assassination attempt, but no such news was received on Al-Manar website, and the official Syrian News Agency (SANA) also did not mention anything of this.” kind.”
In turn, the government’s Mehr news agency reported that the Syrian newspaper Al-Watan described the published news about the failed assassination attempt as “rumour”, and accused opponents of the Syrian regime of “manipulating the (image) of the news tape” circulating about the incident. The Guard’s “Tasnim” agency also stated that “following up on the news showed that (Al-Manar) did not publish such news, and that the Syrian opposition published such news.”
In addition, since Sunday, the Syrian authorities have released more than 60 detainees from their prisons as part of an amnesty issued by al-Assad for “terrorism” crimes, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.