Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is seen during an interview to the American magazine Foreign Affairs in Damascus..
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Ahrar al-Sham, a central opposition group in Syria, has claimed responsibility for launching missiles against the convoy of Syrian President Bashar Assad during the funeral for his mother in al-Qardaha on Monday, Syrian media reported on Wednesday.
Assad survived the alleged assassination attempt, but four of his convoy members were killed in the Grad missile attack.
The reported attack on Monday took place within a Ahrar al-Sham's wider battle against Russian targets in Assad's hometown, the city of Qardaha, which currently hosts many Russian forces.
On Saturday, Syrian media announced the death of Assad's mother, Anisa Makhlouf, at the age of 86. Makhlouf was the wife of late president Hafez Assad, who ruled Syria from 1971 until his death in 2000.