Syrian President Bashar Assad appeared at a Damascus mosque on Sunday, his first appearance in public after a bomb killed several regime officials.
State TV broadcast footage showed Assad praying at the start of Eid al-Fitr, a three-day holiday after Ramadan. With him were his foreign minister, Waleed al-Muallem and Minister of Religion, Abdul al-Sattar al-Sayid.
His deputy, Vice President Farouq al-Shara, the most senior Sunni Muslim in the Assad regime, was not among them. An expert told the press that al-Shara "has been trying to leave Syria".