Middle East

Opponents say Assad's call to prayer a stunt

Syrian president appears on state TV attending prayers marking Prophet Muhammad's birthday.
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2013 21:09

Fridays have often been a day of protest for Syria's diverse opposition groups. 

But this week, the government is calling for peaceful prayers instead, which opponents call as a political stunt.

They claim the Assad regime is using sectarian differences to divide the country and hold on to power. 

Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr reports from Idlib.


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