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Syria info ministry: Assassination attempt ‘fake’

The Syrian information ministry said the news that President Bashar al-Assad was subjected to an assassination attempt is completely false

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The Syrian information ministry said the news piece that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was subjected to an assassination attempt is completely false and was published after its website was hacked.

The ministry made this announcement via its Facebook page few hours after a news piece on its official website claimed that Assad was poisoned and was suffering from a severe health problem.

The website has since then stopped providing any of its services to readers.

The news piece detailed how Assad was poisoned and how he suffered from a dangerous contagious disease, adding that a group of doctors was treating him.

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The fact that this was published on an official website caused confusion among Assad’s supporters and army forces. This is when the information ministry took to Facebook to clarify that the website was hacked and that all news pieces which cause it harm are completely false.

The information ministry’s website is still not working. It’s not clear though whether it’s not working because it’s under maintenance or because they’re attempting to restore the website after it was hacked, like the ministry said on its Facebook page.

*This article can be viewed in Arabic on AlArabiya.net