assad brothers 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
UK Foreign Secretary William Hague described the additional sanctions imposed on Syria Tuesday as a clear and unambiguous message that "those responsible for the repression will be singled out and held accountable."
RELATED:US military chief says he sees no direct Syria involvement UNSC relaunches draft condemnation of Damascus
"The appalling crackdown that we witnessed in Hama and other Syrian cities," he said, "only erode the regime's legitimacy and increase resentment." Without internal political reform, the UK foreign secretary added, "we will continue to pursue further EU sanctions."
The European Union added on Tuesday Syrian Defense Minister Ali Habib and several other security officials to a list of members of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government targeted by asset freezes and travel bans.
Five names were added to the sanctions list including the head of internal security at the intelligence directorate and the head of military intelligence in the town of Hama, which the EU says was the scene of an indiscriminate "massacre" of civilians at the weekend.
The EU has imposed sanctions on Assad and 29 other individuals, three of them Iranian military commanders, and has targeted military-linked firms associated with the suppression of dissent.
The five new names published in the EU's Official Journal included
Major-General Tawfiq Younes, head of internal security for the
intelligence directorate, and Mohammad Mufleh, head of military
intelligence in Hama.
Also named were Ayman Jabir, an official responsible for coordinating
the militia, and Mohammed Makhlouf, an uncle and close associate of
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the move showed that those
responsible for the repression in Syria would be singled out and held
accountable. He said more sanctions could be adopted in the future.
"The appalling crackdown we witnessed in Hama and other Syrian cities on
July 30 and 31 only erode the regime's legitimacy and increase
resentment," he said in a statement.
"In the absence of an end to the senseless violence and a genuine
process of political reform, we will continue to pursue further EU
"Unless there is meaningful change in Syria and an end to the crackdown,
President Assad and those around him will find themselves isolated
internationally and discredited within Syria."
Assad has sent tanks and security forces to besiege cities where
residents have demanded reforms similar to those changing other parts of
the Arab world. At least 122 protesters have been killed since Sunday,
according to residents, witnesses and rights campaigners.
Avaaz, a global movement that monitors Syria as the government has
banned foreign journalists, said that since March 15, 1,634 people have
been killed in the crackdown. It estimated that 2,918 people had
disappeared, 26,000 had been arrested with many of them beaten and
tortured, and that 12,617 were still in detention.