Mortar shells are fired by Free Syrian Army fighters towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad, in the Aghyour area in the city of Aleppo May 22, 2014. Picture taken May 22, 2014. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail
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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 39 people and wounding 205 others, Syrian state TV said Friday.State TV showed pictures of Assad supporters dancing in a campaign tent in Deraa.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 . Speaking on Syrian TV, he vowed Syrians will be undeterred and insisted "every honorable citizen" in Deraa will vote for Assad.Assad's family has ruled Syria for more than 40 years. Rebels trying to overthrow Assad frequently fire mortar shells into Syria's major cities, including the Damascus, from opposition-held suburbs.
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