EU names Iranian Guard commanders in Syria sanctions

Three commanders of Iran's Revolutionary Guard are accused of supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad's bloody crackdown against protesters; nearly 12,000 Syrian refugees counted in Turkish shelter camps.

June 24, 2011 10:42
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Nasrallah, Assad and Ahmadinejad on Thursday

Nasrallah Assad Ahmadinejad 311. (photo credit: courtesy)

BRUSSELS - The European Union published extended sanctions on Syria on Friday, including the names of three commanders of Iran's Revolutionary Guard accused of supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad's suppression of dissent.

The list, published in the European Union's Official Journal, also included a Syrian property firm, an investment fund and two other enterprises accused of funding Assad's government.

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According to the names given in the Official Journal, the Iranians were Major-General Qasem Soleimani and Brigadier Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari of the Revolutionary Gaurd, and the Guard's deputy commander for intelligence, Hossein Taeb.

Four Syrian officials were also added to the list.

On Thursday, more than 1,500 Syrian refugees crossed to Turkey, according to state-run Anatolian news agency, as the Syrian army swept up to the border in its campaign to stamp out anti-government protests.

The provincial government in Hatay said on Friday morning that the total number of refugees registered at the temporary shelter camps had reached 11,739, compared with 10,224 a day earlier. Most of Thursday's influx came from people who had set up makeshift camps just inside Syrian territory, who fled once the army appeared.

Reuters reporters in Guvecci, a Turkish village at the frontier, said the camps on the other side of the border fence appeared to be completely deserted, and they saw no more refugees crossing on Friday morning.

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