Daybreak: Syrian Unrest
Plus Rafah slammed shut, and more in the news
• Yesterday, on Naksa Day, many protesters, mostly Palestinian, tried to enter the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, and Israeli troops fired back. Syrian news reported 22 deaths, a figure the IDF said was exaggerated. [NYT]
• Meanwhile, Syrian forces killed 38 Syrians as part of the continued put-down of the anti-regime uprising. [NYT]
• Soon after Egypt closed its side of the Rafah Crossing into Gaza (shortly after opening it), Hamas closed its side; apparently the Egyptian move took Hamas by surprise. [Haaretz]
• The United States reportedly offered to give Turkey a major role in brokering Mideast talks if it agreed to stop the flotilla set to sail for Gaza this month. [Haaretz]
• Iranian President Ahmadinejad reiterated his regional analysis, namely that Israel is the obstacle to peace. [Ynet]
Plus Syria goes offline, Dan Snyder attracts congressional attention, and more
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