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Authorities have yet to reveal the full extent of the damage from the fires that broke out on Friday.

The decree changes those in charge of 12 cabinet portfolios, including the ministries of finance, energy and public health.

Syria's Assad tasks caretaker PM to form new government

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Syria's Assad tasks caretaker PM to form new government

Hussein Arnous was appointed caretaker prime minister in June and has now been tasked with forming a new cabinet.

Syrians 'must exchange $100 to local currency' upon return

Gasia Ohanes

Syrians 'must exchange $100 to local currency' upon return

'Like a visa to your own country': Syrians say the forced transaction through regime channels will cost nationals returning over $50 upon entry.

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