Anti-Syrian government militants operating in the southern city of Daraa said yesterday they ‘by mistake’ shelled with mortars a residential quarter in the city’s northern countryside.

The bloody attack hit al-Sanamayn district (nearly 55 km to the north of Daraa city), killing 4 civilians and injuring many others mostly women and children.

The offensive, carried out by the western-backed Free Syrian Army militiamen in Jidour area, was meant to target the 9th Armoured Division located on the northern outskirts of the town.

Although al-Sanamayn witnessed one of the first demonstrations against the Syrian government where several protestors and security personnel were killed in the outburst erupted on March 21th, 2011, it is now the least affected by the war tragedies.

Local residents made their decision –years ago- to neutralize themselves from the unsettled surrounding villages.

However, a local source who spoke on condition of anonymity told al-Masdar that such offensive wasn’t ‘accidental’ as claimed by the perpetrators, rather an intentional bid to destabilize the town.

“They are fully aware there are no soldiers or security forces in the quarter; they only want us to get angry and join them”, the source narrated.

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