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Video: Syrian army mocks opposition amid the demolished Umayyad Mosque

Video surfaced after the Syrian army and Assad loyalists recaptured the old city of Aleppo

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A video along with pictures circulated in social media, purported to be showing Lebanese pro-Assad journalist Hosein Mortada sitting in the middle of the demolished Umayyad Mosque of Aleppo with Syrian regime forces, mocking Saudi cleric Abdullah Muhaisini and the rebels.

This video surfaced after the Syrian army and Assad loyalists recaptured the old city of Aleppo and responded to the video that was published about four months ago of Muhaisni speaking at the mosque after they had broken the siege along with other rebel forces.

The Great Mosque of Aleppo, located in al-Jalloum district of the old city is one of the oldest and largest mosques in the province.

In the video, Mortada begins by mimicking Muhaisni: “Assalam-o-Alaikum. O people of Aleppo! Over here sat Muhaisni. Look who’s here now, the men of the Syrian army. You said Damacus’s minaret, well look it here… Aleppo’s minaret.”

He continues: “Erdogan said he wanted to go pray at the Ummayad Mosque in Damascus, and you wanted to come here, (chuckles) look at what happened, the Syrian army is here instead.

Mortada continues to mock and ridicule the opposition as one can see the obvious destruction of one of the oldest mosques in Syria. The mosque is allegedly home to the remains of Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, and was destructed in 2013.

Photo Gallery: Pictures of the destroyed Umayyad Mosque of Aleppo

Umayyad Mosque of Aleppo