|Terrorists kill 21 Assad supporters at Daraa election rally: source||
Terrorists in Syria bombarded a campaign rally in support of President Bashar al-Assad's re-election in a June 3 poll, killing at least 21 people.
The mortar fire hit a tent where Assad supporters had gathered in the southern city of Daraa late on Thursday and also wounded at least 30 people, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, according to media reports.
State media reported the mortar strike late Thursday, saying it killed and wounded an unspecified number of civilians inside the tent.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Terrorists trying to overthrow Assad frequently fire mortar shells into Syria's major cities, including the capital, Damascus, from rebel-held suburbs.
The overnight attack underscored concerns that rebels will step up attacks against government strongholds in the run-up to the June 3 election to disrupt the voting.
Assad faces two little known challengers in next month's vote and is widely expected to clinch a third seven-year term in office despite the raging war.
The June 3 poll will be held only in government-controlled areas.
Meanwhile, Russia and China vetoed on Thursday a resolution to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court for possible prosecution of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the country's three-year civil war.
This was the fourth time Russia - a close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government - and China have blocked U.N. Security Council action on Syria during the three-year civil war that has killed more than 150,000 people.
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