Amid clashes, pro-Assad forces in Damascus celebrate election results


Pro-Assad forces celebrating their leader's win in the elections in Damascus. Photo: Actisists

ARA News

Damascus, Syria – Clashes broke out on Wednesday evening between the pro-regime military forces (backed by the Lebanese militants of Hezbollah and Iraqi brigades) and fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the town of Maliha in Damascus suburbs, south of Syria .

Ahmad Sabbagh, civil activist from the city of Damascus, stated to ARA News that the clashes erupted in the vicinity of the Air Defence Administration on the outskirts of Maliha town, as well as in al-Basateen area between the town and the city of Jaramana near al-Tamiko barrier and Damascus International Airport.

“The regime forces targeted residential neighbourhoods in the town (Maliha) with artillery and mortar fire from their headquarters in the Air Defence Administration,” Sabbagh said.

According to local sources, 22 pro-regime fighters were killed during Wednesday clashes with fighters of the FSA. Similar clashes took place in the city of Darayya in western Ghouta in Damascus, while the regime helicopters dropped explosive barrels on the city, led to severe damage in properties.

After the announcing the results of the presidential election on Wednesday, the pro-Assad forces celebrated the results in several neighbourhoods in the capital Damascus. Opening fire during the celebrations resulted in death of 4 civilians and the injury of 6 others, sources told ARA News.

The head of the Syrian parliament has declared Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday president for a third term, after receiving 88.7 percent of total votes in the elections.


Reporting by: Jawad al-Ali

Source: ARA News

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