Amid presidential elections, pro-Assad forces attack areas in Damascus

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Assad and his wife voting, June 3, 2014. Photo: Activists

ARA News

Damascus, Syria – The pro-regime forces shelled on Tuesday several areas in the capital city of Damascus and its countryside with heavy artillery and rockets, coinciding with the presidential elections in centers within the city of Damascus and a number of regime-held cities and towns in its countryside.

Yezen Ibrahim, civil activist based in Damascus, told ARA News that the regime forces bombed the city of Ain Tarma in the Eastern Ghouta from their headquarters in the military airport of Mezzeh, while artillery bombarded Zamalka neighbourhood  with missile launched from Qasion Mount.

Meanwhile, the regime forces targeted the city of Darayya in Western Gohuta in Damascus countryside from headquarters in the Fourth Division (regime-led military force) in the mountain of Moaddamiyah town with heavy artillery, without recording any casualties.

Ahmad Sabbagh, civil activist from Damascus, stated to ARA News that several mortar shells of unknown sources landed on the neighbourhoods of al-Adawi, al-Ghassani, and al-Qassa’a (where Christians constitute majority) in the city of Damascus.

“This coincided with the presidential elections in those districts, with weak participation of people of the region,” he said.

“These developments came as heavy artillery targeted the Jobar neighbourhood in eastern Damascus from headquarters on Qasion Mount,” Sabbagh reported.

Noteworthy, Syria is currently witnesses presidential elections with the nomination of President Bashar al-Assad along with two other candidates, amid continued fighting and battles in most parts of the country. The Syrian opposition rejected the ongoing elections and called for boycotting it.

 

Reporting by: Jawad al-Ali

Source: ARA News

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