File - Syrians who live in Lebanon gather in front of the Syrian embassy to vote in the presidential election in Yarze, east of Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
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Syria's Baath Party urged voters to elect President Bashar Assad to a new seven-year term in the country's first multicandidate election Tuesday, amid growing fears that the poll will see rebel attacks targeting polling stations in regime-held areas.Pro-regime Mayadeen television said 23 people were killed Sunday in rebel mortar bomb attacks against regime-held neighborhoods of Aleppo, and scores wounded.On the eve of the vote, pro-regime newspaper Al-Watan had said more than 200,000 people had registered at 39 Syrian Embassies abroad.In Syria, fighting continued to rage on more than half a dozen fronts, and rebels in Aleppo Sunday fired mortar bombs at regime-held neighborhoods, killing two people, according to the Observatory.Regime airstrikes also targeted several neighborhoods of the northern city while fierce fighting raged on the southeastern outskirts of the city, where rebels have disabled three regime tanks. The latest blast came a day after the Observatory said some 2,000 people have been killed since January in regime bombing of rebel-held areas of Aleppo city and nearby towns and villages.
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