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Assad joins Eid prayers

Monday, November 07, 2011 - 01:08

Nov 7 - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad joins Eid prayers in Raqqa. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Syrian President Bashar al-Assad travelled to the eastern provincial capital of Raqqa on Sunday where he joined Eid prayers. Syrian forces shot dead at least 13 civilians on Sunday in a continued military assault on the restive city of Homs and in attacks on pro-democracy demonstrations that erupted after prayers marking the main Muslim feast, activists said. Qatar's prime minister called for Arab states to meet on November 12 to weigh Syria's failure to implement a deal struck with the Arab League to end bloodshed that was touched off by the popular uprising against Assad. Arab leaders have ramped up criticism of Assad as the killings mounted, but have shied from demanding major political change in the country for fear chaos could ensue, given Syria's volatile sectarian divisions. Syria is dominated by Assad's minority Alawite sect while Sunni Muslims form the majority.

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Assad joins Eid prayers

Monday, November 07, 2011 - 01:08