EU targets 18 people in new Syria sanctions

November 15, 2011 10:57

BRUSSELS - The European Union added 18 people on Tuesday to its list of sanctions that aim to put pressure on the Syrian government, including senior military and intelligence chiefs, a deputy minister and a lawyer.

Agreed by EU capitals on Monday, the new measures are part of Western efforts to force Syrian President Bashar Assad to halt violence against anti-government protesters. The United Nations says more than 3,500 people have been killed in the crackdown.

The EU said the military and intelligence officials, who are subject to asset freezes and a ban on travel to the 27-member bloc from Tuesday, are among those responsible for the violent crackdown.

Syria's deputy interior minister, Saqr Khayr Bek, was also included on the basis that he is "responsible for the use of violence against the civilian population in Syria".

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