Day 1,176: 177 people died in Syria yesterday while Assad supporters were celebrating


A woman holds a picture of re-elected Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as she celebrates in Damascus.


Joseph Eid

Today is Day 1,176 of the Syria conflict. 

Yesterday, President Bashar al-Assad and his supporters celebrated what state media reported as 88.7 percent of votes in Tuesday's election going to the sitting president. Also yesterday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 177 people died in Syria, including 38 civilians.* Below is a photo of what was happening in Aleppo as the actual voting was taking place on Tuesday.

A man carries a young girl who was injured in a reported barrel-bomb attack by government forces on June 3 in Kallaseh district in the northern city of Aleppo. (Baraa al-Halabi/AFP/Getty Images)

In other news, Germany yesterday brought terrorism charges against the two Lebanese brothers and German citizen arrested last year over involvement with a jihadist group fighting in Syria. The first brother, who was heading back to Syria with supplies — including military equipment — at the time of his arrest is being charged with membership in a foreign terrorist organization. The other brother and the German are being charged with supporting a foreign terrorist organization, by providing supplies. This appears to be the theme of the week. France arrested four suspected recruiters for Syrian extremist groups Monday, and Tuesday came a Washington Post story reporting that US intelligence officials are having a tough time tracking the movements of American citizens fighting in the conflict.

The conflict continues.

*As difficult as it is to count deaths in Syria at present, it's the first number in that paragraph, the 88.7 percent, that is the more questionable of the two.