Oct. 15 - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad makes a rare public appearance -- attending prayers at a Damascus mosque at the start of Eid, as residents in war-torn Aleppo mark the day. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Syria's President makes a rare public appearance Tuesday, at the start of the Muslim holiday of Eid. President Bashar al-Assad, whose forces are battling a civil war which grew out of protests against his rule two years ago, was shown on state television attending morning prayers with ministers at a Damascus mosque at the start of the Eid holiday. As war rages across the country in Aleppo -- residents pray. Rebel fighters walk through war torn streets. For children a few signs of normalcy as they have a chance to celebrate the day. Some enjoy a turn on a ferris wheel. Others enjoy rides through the street. But they can't forget the war. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED BOY, SAYING; "Eid today is not good because of the shelling." (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED BOY, SAYING; "Last Eid was good but not this one." Rights groups say 170 people were killed on Monday alone.