(Los Angeles Times) Anti-government rebels lobbed a mortar shell at a campaign rally supporting President Bashar Assad in southern Syria on Friday, killing several dozen people and wounding many others, according to state media and opposition sources.
The attack heightened fears of escalating violence in pro-regime areas as the June 3 election approaches.
The Syrian state news agency SANA said the mortar shell struck a tent full of Assad's supporters in the border city of Daraa early Friday morning. The agency blamed "armed terrorist groups," a term the Syrian government uses to describe opposition fighters.
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