A minimum of two individuals have been killed and 317 others injured throughout celebratory gunfire in Syria marking President Bashar al-Assad’s re-election to a fourth time period, a conflict monitor reported on Saturday.
The casualties resulted from celebratory photographs fired randomly by Assad’s supporters in a number of areas together with the capital Damascus and the northern metropolis of Aleppo, dpa information company quoted the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as saying.
The 2 who died have been a younger man and a baby in Aleppo, the observatory mentioned.
Assad was re-elected for a fourth seven-year time period with 95.1 per cent of the ballots within the election in government-held areas and dismissed by the opposition as a sham.
Three contenders, together with Assad, ran in Wednesday’s polls, Syria’s second presidential election because the nation’s civil conflict began in 2011.
The election was condemned as fraudulent by Syria’s opposition in addition to international locations such because the US, the UK, France, Germany and Italy.
Assad gained 88.7 per cent of votes within the 2014 election, which was Syria’s first with a number of candidates.
With the assistance of Iran and Russia, Assad has retaken management of greater than 60 per cent of the nation.
The rebels nonetheless maintain some areas in north and north-western Syria, whereas Kurds rule areas within the north-east.
Assad, 55, has dominated Syria since 2000.
His father, Hafez al-Assad, ruled Syria from 1971 to 2000.