Syria crisis: How is presidential election possible?
3 June 2014 Last updated at 07:51 BST
Syrians are heading to the polls in a presidential election, despite the country's ongoing civil war.
The election has been denounced by Western allies as an attempt to give Bashar al-Assad the veneer of electoral credibility.
Opposition areas are boycotting the vote, in which President Assad is widely expected to win another seven-year term in office.
Paul Wood reports from the rebel-held province of Idlib.