The thaw in the Syrian city of Hama didn’t last long. Just days after Syrian troops and police abandoned the city, leaving residents free to protest as they pleased, security forces rolled back in and—according to activists—killed 10. The dead were shot, they said, in a second wave of crackdowns just a day after three others were killed. The government of Bashar al-Assad has been dealing gingerly with Hama, which carries massive symbolic weight because it was the site of a brutal massacre of Islamist protesters in 1982 at the hands of Assad’s father, Hafez, who was president at the time. Tanks have surrounded the city.
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