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  8/8/2011, Av 8, 5771

Top Sunni Cleric Slams Assad


Egypt's top Sunni Muslim cleric on Monday said that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad had gone too far in trying to prevent protests against him. Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, head of the Al-Azhar Mosque, said that Assad was responsible for a “tragedy,” and he asked Syrian officials “to work immediately to end the bloodshed and to respond favorably to the legitimate demands of the Syrian masses.”

Speaking to Egyptian reporters, al-Tayeb said that “we were patient for a long time and avoided talking about the situation in Syria because of its sensitive nature...but the situation has gone too far and there is no other solution but to put an end to this Arab and Islamic tragedy.”