President Hafez al-Assad of Syria on Saturday (9 March) inaugurated a new university complex in Damascus as part of the celebrations of the 11th anniversary of the Arab Baath Party's seizure of power.
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Background: President Hafez al-Assad of Syria on Saturday (9 March) inaugurated a new university complex in Damascus as part of the celebrations of the 11th anniversary of the Arab Baath Party's seizure of power.
President Assad -- accompanied by Prime Minister Mahmoud al-Ayoubi -- watched as people sang folksongs and danced. The President also saw a sacrificial sheep slaughtered to mark the occasion.
Earlier in the day, a new faculty of Physics was inaugurated at Damascus University by the Syrian Minister of Education. These projects were among a number inaugurated all over Syria to mark the anniversary.
On Friday (8 March) -- the anniversary day itself -- President Assad in a prepared speech, declared that Syria would remain at war with Israel until all occupied Arab land is liberated and full rights restored to Palestinians.
Even as he spoke, there were reports of continuing clashes between Syrian and Israeli forces on the Golan Heights.