Backers of Syrian President Bashar Assad hold his portraits and wave Syrian flags during a demonstration in support of his candidacy for presidential elections in Damascus, Syria, Friday, May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/SANA)
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In the first attack to target a campaign event, a mortar bomb slammed into a tent packed with supporters of President Bashar Assad, killing at least 21 people, opposition activists said Friday.Ahmad Masalma, an opposition activist in Deraa, said six such tents – festooned with posters of Assad and Syrian flags – have been set up in the past week in the city, which holds special significance as the birthplace of the uprising against his rule in March 2011 .Deraa is divided into rebel-held and government-held sectors.He said about 100 people, including members of pro-Assad militias, officers and employees, were in the tent when it was hit in the Matar district. It came as government forces entered Aleppo's Central Prison, breaking a yearlong rebel siege and allowing Assad's forces to close in on a nearby rebel command center.
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