Syrian leaders turned out in force in Damascus on Sunday (19 March), for the funeral of Dr.
Syrian leaders turned out in force in Damascus on Sunday (19 March), for the funeral of Dr. Ibrahim Naameh, the President of the Syrian Dentists' Association, who was assassinated by gunmen on Saturday (18 March).
SYNOPSIS: The funeral procession started at the Mouassat Hospital in Damascus. Dr. Naameh, who was 39, was a relative of Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad.
Dr. Naameh had been gunned down at his clinic, and mourners described him as "a martyr killed by our enemies".
Leaders of both the National and Regional Commands of the ruling Baath Socialist party joined family mourners outside the hospital.
Dr. Naameh himself had been a prominent member of the Baath Socialist party.
Another of Dr. Naameh's interests had been Syrian-Soviet relations, and he was Vice-President of the Syrian-Soviet Friendship Society.
Like President Assad, Dr. Naameh came from the village of Kerdaha, and from Damascus his body was taken there for burial.
At the time of the funeral no one had claimed responsibility for the assassination.