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Daybreak: 200 Reported Killed in Syrian Town

Plus Kadima threat to leave government is real, and more in the news

by
Marc Tracy
July 13, 2012
From a few days ago, other Syrian victims of their ruler.(LO/AFP/GettyImages)

From a few days ago, other Syrian victims of their ruler.(LO/AFP/GettyImages)

• Reports have it that Assad’s army shelled a farming village in central Syria yesterday, killing as many as 200. [AP/WSJ]

• An anonymous “Special Correspondent” reports that the Syrian unrest has affected Damascus, mainly through refugees, to an extent not expected in the West, questioning President Assad’s ability to hold onto power. [WP]

• So now it looks like Kadima may leave the government if there’s not an adequate proposed service law after all? [Haaretz]

• The service law debate has reopened very old questions about the nature of Arab Israeli citizenship and identity. [NYT]

• The United States announced new sanctions against what it said were front companies for Iran’s nuclear program. [JTA]

• Israel targeted and killed a terrorist in Gaza, and wounded four other Palestinians—which means it could be one of those weekends. [NYT]

Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.

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