A man holds a boy who survived what activists said was an air strike by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in al-Shaar neighbourhood of Aleppo June 2, 2014. (REUTERS/Sultan Kitaz)
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Many Syrians will cast their votes Tuesday in the long-expected re-election of President Bashar Assad to a third term in office despite widespread international criticism of a poll held in a divided, violence-ridden country.The government said over 15 million people would be eligible to vote at around 10,000 polling stations in areas where regime forces hold sway, and condemned "rumors" it said were designed to disrupt the poll.In the divided city of Aleppo, where violence by regime forces and rebel groups has raged in the run-up to the poll, 11 civilian opposition groups urged rebels to avoid targeting polling stations and instead focus on attacking "the enemy on the front lines and in large military centers".The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an anti-regime group, said 59 people have been killed in rebel strikes on government-held neighborhoods since Saturday. The Interior Ministry said there were 15.8 million eligible voters, both inside and outside Syria.
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