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Syrian Rebels 'Target President Assad', But State TV Says Claims Are 'Dreams'

08/08/2013 11:16 BST | Updated 08/08/2013 11:54 BST

Syrian rebels say they have attacked President Bashar al-Assad's motorcade - but the state broadcaster later claimed to show the leader unharmed.

A statement by the Tahrir al-Sham rebel brigade, a unit of the Free Syrian Army, said: "After conducting reconnaissance [on] the timing and course of Bashar al-Assad's motorcade the area was hit with artillery. We pray to God and await the field report about the results."

State television then broadcast footage of Assad praying at a mosque, apparently unharmed.

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State TV showed Assad at a mosque

Syria's information minister, Omran Zoabi, described the rebels' claims as "dreams and illusions", the BBC reported.

The footage shown on state television featured Assad with Syria's grand mufti for Eid prayers, usually held an hour or two after sunrise.

The BBC said it was unclear whether the footage had been pre-recorded.