DAMASCUS (Press Shia) – Residents of Syria’s northwestern villages of Foua and Kefraya held mourning ceremonies to pay tribute to the third Shiite Imam, despite being beleaguered by terrorist groups and experiencing harsh living conditions.

Civilians in the two predominantly Shiite villages of Foua and Kefraya, near the northwestern city of Idlib, attended religious ceremonies on the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Marching in procession with the motto “patience and victory”, the mourners paid tribute to Imam Hussein (AS) on Ashura, the 10th day of the lunar month of Muharram.

The religious rites came against a backdrop of war, including daily missile and sniper attacks by the Takfiri terrorist groups.

The terrorists have been also launching chemical attacks on residential areas in Foua and Kefraya.

A local source told Press Shia this month that rebels affiliated with al-Nusra Front terrorist group, self-proclaimed as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham in July, have been firing chlorine gas mortar shells on people in the two villages.

Idlib, a provincial capital in Syria's northwest, has been held by terrorist groups since March 2015.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL), currently controlling parts of it.

Some 470,000 Syrians have been killed throughout the five years of bloodshed, 4.8 million have fled the country, and 6.6 million have become internally displaced by the violence.