6 killed in Syria as EU agrees on sanctions, oil embargo

First time EU will target Syrian industry; analysts say sanctions may have only limited impact on Assad's access to funds; crackdown continues.

Girl holds poster of Assad311 (photo credit: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters)
Girl holds poster of Assad311
(photo credit: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters)
SOPOT, Poland - European Union governments agreed on Friday to ban imports of Syrian oil and extended sanctions to seven new Syrian individuals and entities to intensify pressure on President Bashar Assad's government who continued a violent crackdown on protesters, killing six people.
The United States, the EU and other Western powers want Assad to end a violent five-month-old crackdown on pro-democracy protesters that the United Nations says has killed 2,000 civilians. But Assad shows no sign of heeding their calls for him to step down.
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