The Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has formed a new government, but kept on the heads of its interior, defence and foreign ministries, state television reported.
The reappointment of Defence Minister Daoud Rajha will quash widespread rumours previously denied by the government that Rajha had been assassinated by rebels who are struggling to bring down Assad's rule.
There have been claims of another massacre in Syria, with pictures apparently showing women and young children among the victims
A resident of Damascus has spoken to ITV News about what life is like in Syria's capital as the civil war in the country intensifies.
Syria's rebel fighters struck close to the heart of President Assad's regime as they bomb the main court building in Damascus