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EU slaps more sanctions on Syria

Monday, February 27, 2012


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27 EU foreign ministers agreed Monday to increase sanctions on strife-torn Syria, AFP cited an official EU announcement as saying.

The new package of sanctions includes restraints on Syria’s Central Bank and airlines.

In late February, a group of EU foreign ministers adopted an eleventh round of sanctions against the Syrian Republic, targeting 8 Syrian entities and 22 individuals, who saw their assets frozen and travel restricted.

Earlier, the EU imposed an embargo on Syrian oil exports and investments into the country’s economy.

The UN estimates the civilian death toll at over 5,000 people since the outbreak of uprisings in Syria in March 2011. Reports of deaths among both civilians and security forces are coming in daily. Syrian authorities claim over 2,000 soldiers and policepeople have been killed by well-armed militants.