People attend the pro-Assad rally in Swaida, Syria. (Uygar Akta? Twitter)
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Mortar bombs and rocket fire have begun to target the Druze-majority city of Swaida in southern Syria, long quiet for most of the uprising, after tension between residents and intelligence bodies boiled over earlier this month.The tension boiled over earlier this month into street protests, as armed locals and mashayekh, or religious figures, took to the streets to demand Nasser's ouster.Anti-regime activists indicated that Nasser was indeed replaced, although they are now saying that the news was circulated by the regime and its supporters, to placate locals and defuse the tension.When the Druze community's three senior religious figures, or mashayekh al-aql, issued a statement that failed to appease local anger over the behavior of Nasser and the security authorities, more than 100 people gathered at the home of a mid-level religious figure in the village of Mazraa.The statement by Belous addressed a series of topics, and stressed that he spoke for a group of people who were "neither supporters [of the regime] nor opponents".
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