France's Le Point Magazine: Rumor about Assad's Death Invades the Internet

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A rumor about the death of Syrian President Bashar Assad was massively shared on social media websites on Sunday, the French weekly magazine Le Point reported.

"News about Assad being shot dead by his Iranian bodyguard have not been confirmed yet,” the magazine said, revealing that the opposition's Free Syrian Army has denied such reports.

Noting that "tweets and Facebook comments helped in largely and rapidly disseminating the rumor”, Le Point remarked: “Social media websites were the primary source of this rumor.”

The reported news shared that Assad was shot on Saturday and was transferred to a Damascus hospital, as roads were blocked and buildings surrounding the location were firmly seized by the Syrian army.

Meanwhile, other websites said: “Israeli and Lebanese sources have confirmed the death of Syria's president.”

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Comments 21
Default-user-icon Marcus (Guest) 24 March 2013, 19:04

I hope that this is not true!

Default-user-icon Michael (Guest) 24 March 2013, 19:34

If this is true, The United States needs to move in within 24 hours to secure those chemical weapon stockpiles.

Default-user-icon Anthony (Guest) 24 March 2013, 19:55

You people are sick & fools who believe everything your Zionist controlled media tells you!!

Default-user-icon jenajosh67 (Guest) 24 March 2013, 21:04

Why?

Default-user-icon Runa (Guest) 24 March 2013, 22:04

@al-kafi, shame on your sectarian remarks. This is exactly what Lebanon doesn't need.

Default-user-icon Hassan (Guest) 24 March 2013, 22:31

Lol - so true, and I am a Shia apostate. To hell with Imam Khomeini, Imam Hussein, Imam Ali, and the greatest charlatan that ever lived -- Profit Mohammad the assassin and paedopile.

Thumb shab 24 March 2013, 22:46

looooooool

Default-user-icon سوووووووووووووري (Guest) 24 March 2013, 22:52

لا يقتل الا على ايدي الجيش الحر

Default-user-icon khalifa (Guest) 24 March 2013, 23:42

na na na na hey hey hey goodbye!

Default-user-icon Mike (Guest) 25 March 2013, 00:01

Yawn.. And this affects me here in NY how???

Default-user-icon Eileen Kuch (Guest) 25 March 2013, 00:23

Why is the social media entertaining such wild rumors? Can't anyone wait for evidence before spreading such stuff?? Spreading wild rumors of this kind only exacerbates the crisis entangling the region. Cool it.

Default-user-icon warrl (Guest) 25 March 2013, 00:51

So we have this article saying that some unidentified sources claim some other unidentified sources, which may or may not be in a position to kno anything, have confirmed Assad's death.

I deem this to be something other than clear and convincing.

(Which doesn't mean the rumors are false, either.)

Default-user-icon Jessy James (Guest) 25 March 2013, 01:35

You people are such cattle I'm amazed you could all sit in the upright position in front of a computer to write that gibberish. Assad is the last good thing left about the Middle East. Wake up.

Thumb LEBhasNOhope 25 March 2013, 02:07

Iranian bodyguard? Dosent he have any Syrian bodyguards he can trust?

Thumb LEBhasNOhope 25 March 2013, 15:32

thanks for pointing out the obvious. did my questions not give you a hint on my skepticism?

Missing gabby14 25 March 2013, 02:56

Please inchallah, let it be true. His giraffe neck is a big target.

Missing gabby14 25 March 2013, 03:23

Let's see Bashar, Maher, and Asef all together on TV tomorrow.

Default-user-icon Jananka (Guest) 25 March 2013, 10:58

Makes no sense he was killed by his Irranian bodyguard!!He is Syrian president. How it comes irranian bodyguard escorts him ?

In addition, the sources say Social media was first sources of this info, every one knows about fB, tweets, and etc. That is none sense rumour to me

Thumb music66 25 March 2013, 11:58

aren't you all jumping the gun a bit, Nothing really confirmed yet, lol you guys are becoming worse than women gossiping. you cant believe everything you read until you have some solid evidence.

Missing samiam 25 March 2013, 14:15

unfortunately, rumors of his death are greatly exaggerated. :(

Default-user-icon ابو خالد العطار (Guest) 27 March 2013, 04:16

اللهم اجعل هذا الخبر صحيحا حتى ترتاح العالم من تلك فرعون الامة هتلر الثاني اللهم اقبض روحه وجعل الشعب يرتاح من تلك الكابوس الاظلمالمؤسف المحزن التي تتفطر لهو القلوب