Over 20 killed in Syria mortar attack
The attack by militants took place during an election rally in southern Syria (File/AFP)
More than 20 people have reportedly been killed and scores of others injured in a mortar attack by foreign-backed Takfiri militants on an election campaign rally in southern Syria.
According to the so-called Observatory for Human Rights, the mortar shells fired by the militants struck a tent in the southern city of Dara’a, where supporters of incumbent Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had gathered on Thursday to back his re-election in the country’s upcoming presidential vote.
Almost 20 people, including a child, were killed and over 30 others wounded in the Takfiri mortar attack, according to the UK-based group, which opposes the Syrian government.
Anti-Damascus Takfiri groups have recently stepped up their deadly attacks against Syrians in several cities and towns as the Arab country is preparing to hold an important presidential election on June 3.
The presidential vote will be held in the government-controlled parts of the crisis-hit country. Syrians living abroad are also set to vote on May 28.
Damascus has insisted that it would hold the presidential poll despite the foreign-backed militancy that has, according to some sources, killed over 150,000 people and displaced millions of others since it erupted in Syria in March 2011.