The first video of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has appeared today of him alive and well after false rumors emerged that he was under psychological stress and having deteriorating health.
Lebanese newspaper al-Mustaqbal claimed that ‘reliable sources’ had told them that Assad suffered “a cerebral infarction” and was being treated in a damascus hospital.
Saudi media also claimed he suffered a stroke as well as heavy psychological stress.
In response, Syria’s state news agency SANA denied the rumours and said they were “absolutely incorrect”.
“The Syrian people have become immune against such lies,” Assad’s office said in a statement.
“These rumours are hopes in the imagination of those who made them up,” it said.
Assad today appeared in a video meeting with industrialists from Damascus to discuss how to rebuild Syria’s economy.