Residents of Swaida have often been at odds with the security authorities in the city.
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Angry residents of the province of Swaida in southern Syria attacked and dismantled a checkpoint belonging to the country's feared air force intelligence branch Thursday after the personnel were accused of attacking civilians from a nearby village.The anti-regime activists said residents of the nearby village of Mazraa, joined by a number of Druze mashayekh (religious figures), demolished the checkpoint and chased the intelligence personnel from the area early Thursday morning.Some of Swaida's social media networks criticized Thursday's attack on the checkpoint, while alluding to the tension from the bomb scare at the protest.A source familiar with the developments said that a number of mashayekh from Swaida province were working to put an end to the tension and predicted that the events could blow over, as in several previous instances of confrontations between residents and the authorities.In the past several months, residents of Swaida province have been on edge as local religious figures have fought back against the regime's efforts to conscript males who are eligible for military service.
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