franjieh on al manarMarada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh, called Syrian president Bashar al Assad on Saturday and found out he is ok. His call came after a Friday report by one of the Free Syrian Army brigades ( Martyrs brigade) claiming that the Syrian president was assassinated .

Franjieh,, a staunch ally of Assad confirmed that the Syrian president is alive and well and what was reported was strictly a rumor.

Several unconfirmed reports surfaced recently claiming that the embattled Syrian president was assassinated . One of the reports went as far as naming the assassin.

The embattled and increasingly isolated president said on Wednesday in a statement that his country is being subjected to “acts of terrorism backed by Arab, regional and Western nations”, a reference to the Western-backed opposition fighting his regime.

Over 70,000 people have been killed since the uprising began just over two years ago .

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