The rebel offensive in areas controlled by the regime of Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war has intensified areas recently. Two separate car bomb attacks on two towns in the province of Hama last week killed at least 18 people, including 11 children.

According to the state news agency Sana, another 50 people were injured.  The affected locations are about 20 miles away. Both are Alawite majority, the religious group to which the Assad family and many of his loyalists in Syria belongs. Nobody has claimed responsibility for the twin bombings.

Another series of bombings and mortar attacks killed more than 100 people in Damascus and an Alawite neighborhood of Homs, which is one of the most hotly contested cities in more than three years from civil war.

Various news agencies and TV reported a ceasefire in the old city of Homs that would result in the withdrawal of armed insurgent positions north of the city. If it goes ahead, this agreement could result in a partial victory Assad in his crackdown on rebel strongholds. Homs is a symbol of the revolt against the regime and its strength in the civil war. Assad said this month it detects a “turning point ” in the war. Trust that it was working out in their favor.

With the country divided and destroyed all opposition in arms or in exile, difficult to conceive how to conduct the vote. Anyway, I doubt that anyone will win Bashar Assad. In 2007 and in 2000 was proclaimed victorious with almost 100 % of the votes, a level that his father and predecessor, Hafez, came to conquer in their thirties who chaired this inherited Republic. By June there have been 23 elections theoretical opponents, a novelty compared to previous quotes you could only vote Assad.

While in Damascus are busy preparing for the mock election June and civilians from the government side with novel rebel offensive, the loyal Army rebels continue preying on neighborhoods in the northern city of Aleppo. Government aircraft bombed a school there on Wednesday. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights killed at least 20 people. On Thursday, a new air strike killed at least 33 people in a market controlled by the insurgents. Assad continues to use barrel pumps, a primitive but devastating artifacts. Their indiscriminate effect on civilian areas led to UN condemned its use.

The June elections thus held in the middle of a bloody escalation that seems unstoppable and has already cost more than 150,000 lives since 2011.