Mortar shells hits Syria’s Assad election rally, leaves dozens killed

Mortar shells hits Syria’s Assad election rally, leaves dozens killed

PanARMENIAN.Net - Syrian state media and opposition activists say a mortar shell has hit an election rally for President Bashar Assad, killing a number of people, according to the Associated Press.

Assad was not at the rally, which the state-run SANA news agency said happened Thursday, May 22 night in the southern city of Daraa. SANA said a number of people were killed.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported Thursday's attack. It said Friday that the mortar shell killed 21 people, including 11 civilians. It said the shell wounded more than 30 people.

The Observatory relies on reports from a network of activists on the ground.

Assad is widely expected to win a third, seven-year mandate at the June 3 presidential election.

 Top stories
French police say the search for passenger remains and debris on the mountain slopes could take another two weeks.
"I keep coming back to the fact that there is a connection between the Syrian crisis and what is happening in Ukraine," Assad said.
Investigators will also need the other black box which records flight data, information that is essential for probing air accidents.
"It's going to take a new generation of courageous conservatives to help make America great again," Cruz said.
Partner news
Soghomon Tehlirian assassinated Talaat Pasha on March 15, 1921

Operation Nemesis was a covert operation by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation carried out from 1920 to 1922, during which a number of former Ottoman political and military figures were assassinated for their role in the Armenian Genocide.