DAMASCUS, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- The head of Western-backed Syrian National Coalition (SNC), the main opposition umbrella group in exile, "sneaked" into Syria on Thursday and performed the special prayers of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr feast in a mosque in Daraa province, the coalition said in a statement.
The newly elected Ahmad Jarba visited rebel-held areas in the southern province of Daraa and performed the Eid prayers in one of its mosques, the statement said, adding that Jabra also met with a number of families and exchanged congratulations on the Eid occasion.
The coalition said the visit "reflects the importance of the developments on ground."
The SNC further posted a photo on its official website purporting to show Jabra sitting crossed-legged in a mosque flanked by two men in army fatigue said to be members of the rebels Free Syrian Army (FSA).
The visit apparently came to showcase power and to give the sentiment that the rebels and their leaders have gained more ground.
The SNC has for long asked the international community to back the rebels with arms and ammunition that could tip the balance in the battles in favor of the rebels. Furthermore, the coalition has stipulated the departure of President Bashar al-Assad as a prelude to any political settlement.