Agency: Arabs impose travel ban on 17 Syrians

By REUTERS
December 1, 2011 16:21

 
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CAIRO - The Arab League, which voted to impose sanctions on Syria for failing to end a crackdown on protesters, has listed 17 people banned from travel to Arab states, including President Bashar Assad's brother, Egypt's state news agency said on Thursday.

The list also included the defense and interior ministers, intelligence officials and senior military officers. The president's brother, Maher Assad, who was listed, commands the Republican Guard and is Syria's second most powerful man.

A League committee charged with overseeing sanctions recommended stopping flights to and from Syria starting mid-December and also recommended exempting wheat, medicine, gas and electricity from the embargo, the agency reported.

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