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BEIRUT – The Syrian army shelled a border town overnight and early Thursday, sparking gunbattles that killed at least eight people, and the government condemned U.S. sanctions targeting President Bashar Assad for the brutal crackdown that has killed more than 850 people.
The Syrian government denounced the U.S. measure, calling it "one in a series of sanctions imposed by the U.S. administration against the Syrian people as part of U.S. regional policies serving Israel."
The move "did not and will not affect Syria's independent choices and steadfastness," Syria's state-run news agency said.