EU imposes arms embargo on 13 Syrian officials

Asset freezes, travel bans are part of package of sanctions imposed on Assad's brother, cousin; EU gov'ts decide not to target president.

By REUTERS
May 10, 2011 12:01
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Syrian tanks (illustrative).

Syrian soldiers leaving Deraa 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS)

The European Union listed 13 Syrian officials on the bloc's sanctions list on Tuesday, including a brother and a wealthy and influential cousin of President Bashar Assad, and intelligence chiefs.

The measures, asset freezes and travel bans, are part of a package of sanctions, including an arms embargo which went into effect on Tuesday, as part of EU efforts to try to force Syria to end violence against anti-government protesters.

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