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Pro-Assad election campaigners struck by mortar attack; 21 reported killed

At least 21 people were killed Friday in what appears to be the first election-related attack by anti-Assad forces. With presidential elections set for June 3, the pro-Assad election tent was targeted, explained one opposition activist, in order to strike at pro-government militia members working on the Assad election campaign.
By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   May 23, 2014 at 7:58 AM
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DAMASCUS, Syria, May 23 (UPI) -- A pro-Assad election tent in the southern city of Daraa was the target of a mortar strike on Friday, with at least 21 people reported killed.

Opposition activist Qaisar Habib, who the New York Times says is close to al-Qaida affiliated Nusra Front, defended the targeted attack on the election tent in the government-controlled part of the city as a "legitimate target for our fire" because pro-government militia are organizing President Bashar al-Assad's election campaign.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported 21 dead, including 11 civilians, six pro-government militia members, and four unidentified people.

Friday's mortar strike against appears to be the first such election-related attack by anti-Assad forces.

The presidential election is scheduled for June 3.

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