Syria's Assad pays Easter visit to recaptured Christian town

Apr 20, 2014    

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday visited the ancient Christian town of Maaloula recaptured from rebels last week, state media said, a rare appearance outside central Damascus. Government forces backed by fighters from the Lebanese Shi'ite movement Hezbollah retook Maaloula, north of Damascus, on Monday, the latest in a series of advances against rebels in the Qalamoun mountains area near Lebanon. [ID:nL6N0N62N0]Assad's visit on Easter Sunday was a rare appearance outside the capital and comes after officials and allies in Lebanon and elsewhere have voiced increasin...

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