Voters in certain parts of Syria are heading to the polls Tuesday, but many view the presidential elections as illegitimate.
Critics note that voting is only taking places in areas controlled by the regime of President Bashar a-Assad, and there is little doubt Assad will win.
The U.S. State Department said the Assad regime has taken steps "to make it difficult if not impossible to have a fair and free election in Syria."
The election is taking place despite the three-year civil war still raging in the country.
According to CNN, the Local Coordination Committees of Syria reported that 28 people, including three children, were killed during voting.
Violence surrounding the war has claimed the lives of more than 150,000 people and displaced around 6.5 million Syrians.